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position.  Tact, talent and pluck is to be respected, let it
be put to what purpose it may.  I respect facts, and wherever 
you see a rich man there is a fact there s no getting over.   His
money represents somebody s intellect and application.   He may
be oaf or dolt but it wasn t his oafishness or doltishness that pro-
duced his success   that part of him was right enough, whether rightly
applied or perversely.  The miserable pseudo-Bohemian cant
against rich men has its origin in self dissatisfaction and envy.
Literary men who do it always over-rate themselves as most people
who live in cliques do.  But rich men can afford to let  em rail.
What the devil does it matter to Dives if Fitz-slasher pitches into
purse-proud  plutocrats    as poor North was fond of calling  em,
in the  Monthly Squirt  or the  Weekly Fizzle?  He knows that
his dinner and wines are very real, and very good; and that
Fitz-slasher would be only too glad to dine with him.
  I like Scotchmen.  I like their tremendous nationality, their
pluck, vigor, honesty, kindness to one another.  And I almost
detest Irishmen.  They lie, and they lie, and they lie!  and
the truth is not in them!  Nothing can be more inherently, radically,
eternally diverse than English and Irish natures!
  8.  Monday. Down town, to Genin s with Leslie.  He bought
a $28 cloak for a baby nephew   is off for Philadelphia.   Met
Thomson.  To Harpers.  Talk with Nordhoff and Guernsey.  Snow
storm   to Post Office, Pic Office &c.   A letter from home, from
my mother, God bless her!  Written on my birthday.  Also one inclo-
sed from Naomi.  Sam is doing well at Harrow, Minnie, poor
thing has had a baby which died at three days old.  Mrs Bezly
has invited my father and mother to Bloxam; her mother is
confined to her bed.   My father  is in a miserable state of mind
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-three
Description:Regarding the Bohemian attitude about rich men.
Date:1858-03-07
Subject:Bezly, Ann (Drinkwater); Bohemians; Guernsey; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Leslie, William; Nordhoff; North, William; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wealth
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.