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all that women are so merciless towards the impure
of their own sex.       For these are their natural
enemies   sworn to increasing antagonism to all that
the others hold dearest   lawful, wedded love.
  I believe I was intended to be a very green fel-
low.    I have an approbative faculty for believing in
people, and generally am willing to take a person at
his or own [word crossed out] price   unless it be a palpably absurd
one.     And this, generally, rules my conduct towards
them.         It is only afterwards, in cold blood, when
I m removed from the magnetism of sympathy and
sociality that I can reckon them up, truly.   Intel-
lect has fair play them.               Now I had involun-
tarily given O Brien credit for some ability with his
pen.    Only the other might, when at Bellew s, in con-
versation I happen to speak to of two insufferably
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Mentions his belief that he was meant to be a ''green fellow'' and easily believes in others.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Dyer, Oliver; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.