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ray lecture, having taken a ticket for the course of the Mer-
cantile.     By eight o clock, the time at which the Lecture commen-
ced, the church was everywhere filled, many persons standing.
I saw Parton there.     Sitting in my pew, beside an amiably faced
young fellow, and feeling very lonely, I thought of the contrast
presented by the present aspect of my life and that of the lecturer.
I, standing on a four poor dollars, which surface is rapidly lessen-
ing, being nibbled away by Time, day by day, am half hopelessly
scribbling,   he, wise, and successful, has achieved the highest sort
in the craft,   beside Charles Dickens.     Thackeray is a tall,
large, firmly built man, with flowing white hair, and healthy
color,   I could not distinguish his features.   He reads well,
without attempting eloquence.     The subject of the Lecture was George
the First, of England.   I shall not attempt to Boswellize it, 
tempting as the opportunity is, for I should but do it indifferent
  {2. Friday       Wretchedness continued.  Sometimes writing on
  3. Saturday}       fiercely, sometimes unable to pen a line. Think
ing of North s suicide, not with any intention of doing the same,
but a horrid dread of being unable to preserve any reason and
then   . Whitelaw up once.           A letter from home delivered
on Saturday afternoon.  From my mother, and my sisters.
There letters speak of pleasant country rambles; of Kenil-
worth, Stratford on Avon, Edge Hil, the prettiest of all pretty
villages   Great Tew, and of Chacombe.  They write kind,
sunny letters, and both praise Hannah.           How lovely, from
this, my lonely room, looks that fair, peaceful England,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Describes attending a lecture by William Thackeray at Chapin's church.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; North, William; Parton, James; Suicide; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.