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of the time present a certain Colonel Hugh Forbes, a resolute-
faced, short haired military-looking Englishman.     He is the
author of a  Volunteer s manual,  or rather a book on the Art
of Insurrection, as adapted to European populations.     He
had identified himself with liberalism in Italy.    A concise
military spoken gentleman, of Oxford education, who had re-
fused to dine at Windsor, with the Queen, because he had been
commanded.    A thorough disbeliever in all creeds too.   Parton
appeared to great advantage, as a thinker and a gentleman.   I
lunched with him, then walked down Broadway, to Fowler &
Wells,  the office of the  Life Illustrated,  where by 4   we
parted.       To Fulton Street, meeting Damoreau near there.
All the fellows upstairs, and Damoreau ruthlessly chaffed, as
to imaginary intentions of resuming his old name, and bolting to
California, sans wife.                     He talks of going to Boston.
He has to immolate himself, evenings and all, engraving to get
money.     That wife of his forsooth don t like to live at a boarding
house with her husband, choosing rather to queen it at Rhinebeck,
bidding him toil on, under the penalty of despising him if he is
poor.     In plain truth she married him to be kept, pre-
ferring that to  embroidery  work.   If she do love him at all,
(I think she loves no one but her self,)  tis a selfish tyrannical
passion which degrades its recipient.     Charley half sees that
his marriage is a failure.     But he always lacked virility.
  8.  Saturday.  Writing.  Down town by 1.   Met Welden in
front of the Times office, he being not now released from his chamber.
To  Brother Jonathan  Office, and saw Day.  (Avery had called
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Describes meeting Colonel Hugh Forbes for the first time, and how hard Charles Damoreau works to earn money for his wife.
Date:1855-09-07
Subject:Avery; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Day; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Music; Parton, James; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.