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  Some days back I lent Miss Lizzie Petit the novel of
 Guy Livingtone,  she wishing to read it.  To-day I got it back,
with penciled lines of attention or admiration of her doing.  These
occur especially where he girds at the virtue of women &c, and
in one place, here a coquette s triumphs are spoken of, is a silly
 Ha! ha! ha!  Suggestive, I think of the writer s character!
Literary ladies, and women who aspire to a sham Bohemianism
  which ought to be called simple impropriety   are prone to this sort
of thing.     Mrs Kidder used to do it, and I remember Lotty under-
scoring my copy of  Esmond  where it condemned husbands.   Unless
a reader knows something above the average, or can offer pertinent
information, it s sheer conceit, this sort of annotation.  What
do I care what the man who s preceded me in a book s perusal
thinks of it? or what does he care for my opinion.          I very
respectfully, india-rubbered Missx Petit out of Gary Livingstone. 
  Writing for the rest of the day.
  24.  Sunday.  To Parton s.  Found Haney there.  He left in
the afternoon, Parton accompanying him to New York, presently returning
alone.       I called at  Doesticks  at night.  Found O Brien and Clapp
in Haney s room on my return, Cahill with them.  Got into a
sort of discussion with the two former about money and rich men,
they railing at  em after a common fashion, and at the supposed
deference paid to them: I holding that such railing did not good,
might originate in envy and bosh   that if you looked close
enough you might find out a certain amount of right in every-
thing, even in the popular respect for wealth   money representing,
tangibly, somebody s labor, intellect and ability.  Let the rich
have fair play in talk   they do in life   and away with the piti-
	  x I m not sure that they were her notes, after all.   Feb 16  They were.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-two
Description:Regarding a discussion with Fitz James O'Brien, Henry Clapp, and Frank Cahill about rich men.
Date:1858-01-23
Subject:Bohemians; Books and reading; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Pettit, Lizzie (Cutler); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wealth; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.