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him with  Well, Mr Brady, where s this great filibus-
ter?      He smiled and   introduced me to Walker,
who stood at my elbow.   A short, slimmish man,
very plainly dressed and wearing a wide-awake hat.
His face was very peculiar.         The skull was unpleasant-
ly visible through the features, the cheek bones high
and Celtic, the forehead broadish, but not high.
His complexion appeared so rough as at first to create
an idea that he was scorbutic, his mouth wide and
vulgar, with chapped lips.    His eyes of a cold slaty
gray, had a singularly cold-blooded expression, with,
I think, a latent touch of inanity.    No one could ever
have mistaken him for a gentleman or a true notability.
You might as readily have fancied men getting up a strong
personal regard for a frozen cod-fish as for this
man.     In shape his head was very Jack Sheppardish
which resemblance was further increased by the total ab-
sence of beard, whisker or moustache, and the shortness
of the dark hair. (He had something of the look of
Cornelius Mathews.   I was impressed with his resemblance
to somebody I knew while looking at him, and presently
the thought of whom flashed upon me.)    Walker is
just the sort of man who might order fifty women
to be ravished in cold blood, or men to be murdered,
without any sort of idea occurring to him that it might
be an atrocity.      Altogether a scoundrel whose picture
seemed incomplete without fetters depicted on his
wrists.           I gratified a quiet old gentleman exceedingly
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes meeting William Walker, ''filibuster'' of Nicaragua.
Date:1857-06-17
Subject:Brady, Matthew; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mathews, Cornelius; Walker, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.