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departure for Liverpool with his brother and her bro-
ther in law.     She is the sister of his brother s wife, and
I ve no doubt that lady  fixed  the hook for the suscep-
tible swain, knowing that he s  a good match.   He seems
to have bitten as readily as heretofore, though not without
an intimation, to me, that  she d have $10,000 or $20,000. 
  I have never taken Leslie s pen photograph at full
length, so here goes.    He s five and twenty, very tall,
long legged, straight-bodied, with rather a small head,
his countenance alike indicative of shrewdness, vulgarity,
good humor and assurance.          His hair is dark and
always looks unctuous, as does his face, especially when
excited.    He is ^|as| whiskerless as a baby, but hopes for
the future s development of a just-visible moustache.
He talks at the top of his voice, and is exquisitely
illogical and wrong-headed.    His national accent, as
is commonly the case with most persons, appears very strong-
ly in controversy.         He is very choleric, inclined to
dogmatise, and in argument, has such an insufferable
way of stating his opinions that you instinctively revolt
from them, and assume the antagonistic.     His
sarcasms are about as delicate as the kick of horse.
Withal, when his prejudices are not interfered with
he possesses a vein of strong, coarse common sense,
and is very social.        He and an elder brother came
to this country poor enough and are now ^|a| wealthy
wine and spirit  firm    the latter carrying a business
in Philadelphia, as the former in New York.     Les-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.
Date:1857-06-13
Subject:Farr, Bella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.