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by the hour about Schiller or burschen life, mingling senti-
ment with sausage-eating after her honest German fashion. She
had befriended a great many poor devils and Cahill in some
$50 or so in her debt to this hour.   I believe she s gone south
again, to Norfolk Va.  She knew North very well and told
me that she prevented him from committing suicide once, finding
him with a laudanum bottle, taking it away from him and blowing
him up for the cowardice of the intention.  She figures in his
Novel, the  Slave of the Lamp  as Mrs Normer, and so, if I
recollect rightly, does the dog.  It s not particularly recognizable,
unlike his O Brien  Fitz Gammon O Bouncer.   By the bye, if
North could only have known how, four years subsequent, O B
would filch his story   one he especially prided himself on!! O B
might have chuckled as he did it that  the whirligig of Time brings
it s revenges.     Apropos of Madame, she professed atheism of the
Dantonish    my-future-will-be-annihilation  order.
  Bit of absurdity occurred, today, towards the close of dinner.
Leslie beckons Mrs Potter out of the room, grinning.  Poor old Miss
Sturgis had come up out of the basement, her present room, rather
drunk on the claret which Leslie supplies her with, and was fussing
about whether he had been paid by Mrs Potter!
  I think I have, heretofore, jotted down only the harsher, more
unpleasing traits in Leslie s character.  Indeed this hot-foot
scribbling must necessarily be onesided.  Let me now do justice
to his better side.  He is, inherently, a good fellow.  Like most
of us there s three quarters good to one evil in his composition.
He has descried his success in life, purchased it by endurance
and application.  He has gone without dinners when a boy in
order not to take money from his mother, has saved and work-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-one
Description:Describes Madame Newman and William Leslie.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Books and reading; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Mrs. (Scotland); Leslie, William; Newman, Madame; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.; Sturgis, Miss; Suicide; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.