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gular martyrs to the cause of Atheism gained
their end.     In 1845 Lord Campbell brought
a bill into Parliament expressly to meet their
cases, taking the power of prosecution from the hands
of the clergy and vesting it in the Attorney general
with this restriction  That no man be prosecuted
for his honest convictions.     The Atheists of Britain
have now six or seven recognized organs and seventy
five halls for lectures.                         Paterson appears
to have emigrated here very shortly afterwards, and
just at that time seeing articles by that scoundrel
and father of  Native Americanism   Ned Buntline 
against Englishmen, he answered  them in a
letter to the  Tribune .    Ned  was then at the cul-
minating point of his career, and discovering the
author of the attack on him denounced Paterson
after his accustomed scurrility.     Wherefore the
Scotchman started a cheap paper especially to
demolish  the notorious hypocrite and scoundrel Ned
Buntline.      How Paterson got put in the Tombs
and held at ridiculously heavy bail, how  Ned s 
unhappy wife   a silly and romantic English girl
who had been attracted to the scamp s affectation of
romance &c   and her parents (who had supplied
 Ned  with large sums of money to start his
wretched paper) came forwards to Paterson s as-
sistance giving him details as to the enemy s career
and conduct   how the indefatigable Scotchman
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Regarding Thomas Paterson, who works with him on the ''European.''
Subject:Atheism; Buntline, Ned; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Paterson, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Religion
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.