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lying afar across those three thousand miles of Atlantic water.
Not a spot of it, excepting only cruel London (where I have
ever suffered more than enjoyed,)   but I have kindly thought
of.      How happy could I be in noble, beautiful Oxford, with
some quiet, studious, moderately paid office, and Hannah, kind
earnest eyed Hannah! who loves me   to wife!   With leisure
to put the very best of me into books, I think   I believe, I
could do something the world might be the better for.     Ah!
what peaceful evening walks would we have about those dear En-
glish lanes, what a cheery household, and few choice, life-long
friends to mellow it   Boutcher and kindly George Clarke
might suffice to make residence in England desirable.
  It will never be realized, that air-picture!    Who are you
that you should expect greater happiness than falls to the lot
of others?
  4.  Sunday.  Banks up as I was dressing.   Walked
with him and O Mana, (whom we joined at Homer s,) up
town, I leaving them at Bleecker Street, deep in argument
about an  Herald  article reviling Thackeray.    Banks landed
its ability in his usual exaggerated, unconsidered way,  
asserting as won t that  not half a dozen men in New York
could equal it.  O Mana took the opposite.   (I afterwards
read over the matter and found it illogical, stupid, malicious,
brutal, mean, and mendacious, in point of composition utterly
contemptible.     I have not overstated this one jot.            To
Partons.  Dined with him, then some work, till a sud-
den and violent toothache compelled him to cease.     I had a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Describes his wishes to live in Oxford with Hannah Bennett as his wife.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); New York herald.; Parton, James; Thackeray, William Makepeace
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.