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ture on Thackeray.    Called at Edwards; subse-
quently.
  {21.  Wednesday to       Time rushing by with swift
  27.  Tuesday}       monotony.   At the office
as usual.   Paterson is one of a class of men whom
I have had, hitherto, little opportunity of studying.
A rather large framed, sandy-haired, stolid but
shrewd looking man of, perhaps, thirty five, a trifle
deaf, possessing a decidedly Scotch accent.     One of
the Atheistic brotherhood of Southwell and Holyoke,
he on their respective convictments and imprisonment for
blasphemy, in his turn assumed the Editorship of
the  Oracle of Reason.    The history of this publica-
tion and the results springing from it are curious.
It was started in London in 1841-2, in order
to test and, if possible, do away with the power
of judicial prosecutions for opinions sake, and as
an avowed advocate and exponent of Atheism. (I
have seen the two volumes published.)  The greatest
daring was exhibited in language, style &c, and
to a believer the work   issued in penny weekly
numbers   must have seemed inconceivably horrible
and awful.        The result might be guessed.      South-
well, its first editor was imprisoned for twelve months
and fined  100,       Holyoke (the second) for six months.
Half a dozen others, sellers of the journal were also
incarcerated in minor degree.         Paterson had, at
various periods, two years.                 But these sin-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty
Description:Regarding Thomas Paterson, who works with him on the ''European.''
Date:1857-01-20
Subject:Atheism; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holyoke; Paterson, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Southwell
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.