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don s enthusiastic admiration for our noble old
Duke of Wellington   a man of men for Englishmen to
be proud of to all time.      The mob who are dazzled by
the lurid glory of that bloody Moloch of a Napoleon, with
his infinite greatness and littleness, can t begin to understand
Wellington.   He ll rank higher than they dream of some
day, with his noble one idea   Duty.     The English aris-
tocracy show well in Haydon s volume.   Their generosity,
kindness and social affections, their high breeding show
them to be worth of England.    What wretched cant this
dirty Democracy cackles against them   chiefly because it
hates the knowledge that it has its superiors.             To
Chapin s at night, then to Edwards .     Haney there.
  12.  Monday.  Wrote to Rosa and Naomi, and to Charley.
Down town through the ceaseless rain in the afternoon, to Leslie s,
the Pic and Post Offices.   Got no money from the former.   O Brien
at the Pic.   Return.    Put on long boots and waterproof overcoat
again at night, to see some miserable  nigger  buffoonery at
Wood s.     Rain hard all day long, and now, as I write, at
11 P. M.    Photographs from Brady came   I m going to send em to
Hannah.
  13.  Tuesday.  Writing article for the Pic.  Down town in the
afternoon to the office.   O Brien, Sol Eytinge and Bellew
there.   Gun called on me this morning.  He is going to board here.
  14.  Wednesday.  A letter from Alf Waud.  Comments on
Sol s intended marriage as  the only thing that is wanted to
give a fine french-polish finish to the aristocratic family of
the Eytinges;  says that  Mary  is with child again, verifying
the delicate prediction of a nurse  that when she was over
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes a letter received from Alf Waud.
Date:1858-04-11
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Brady, Matthew; Eytinge, Solomon; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Haydon; Jewell, Mary (Waud); O'Brien, Fitz James; Waud, Alfred; Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of; Wood, John A.
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.