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Consequently he hates Haney, myself and all the men
visitors, with all his little might, and is mortally jealous
when we stay all night.     Some time back when Haney &
I were reading aloud Dicken s story of  The Perils of Certain
English Prisoners &c,  Ulric was so moved that he got up
wanting to take the book from my hand to read himself.
(He talks exceedingly broken English.)    Last Friday, in retalia-
tion he brought a german Schiller and would read aloud,
standing and gesticulating three thundering long poems, which, of
course, nobody understood but Haney, whom he, of all persons,
would not wish to please.    I happened to know and English ver-
sion of one of these    The Diver   and, on request, repeated the
whole of it, taking the wind out of Ulric s sails in an awful
manner.    He sat and glared at me as though I were an evil
spirit, half believing I had extemporized it all, for his especial
mortification.     Anon, amidst all his piano-forte performance  
of which he gives folks more than enough   he did the  Standard-
Bearer.     Whereupon I sang the  Ratcatcher s Daughter  which,
it s needless to say filled him with extreme disgust, the more
so as everybody else roared.  Vat is that  doo-dall dee-doodal-
dum?  inquired he, about the Chorus.       Also he got frantically
jealous of Grace & Haney, I beckoning him from the other
room and the piano, to observe there pose   Grace on a stool
beside Haney.     He came in like Richard the Third about to
smother children!       To see him standing up, seizing Parton s
hand, and singing at the top of his voice, German protestations
of eternal affection   Parton s look of part wonder, part contempt
part compassion, part goodnature   was the drollest spectacle!
Ulric so far forgets his position as to abuse us to Fanny
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-two
Description:Describes the competitiveness of music master Ulric around other men.
Date:1858-02-24
Subject:Books and reading; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Songs; Ulric
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Brooklyn, 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.