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to Harper s at 2; up town.
  One remark I think I can add to Holmes essay on Old Age
in this month s Atlantic.  It s this.   The first real conscious-
ness that a man gets of not being so young as he was, is produ-
ced by the discovery that some pretty or pleasant young girl
of his acquaintance tacitly puts him out of the ranks of
those capable of inspiring her with affection.   I found this out
this morning, talking with Grace.   You may know that it s all
right and fair, you may want no more than friendly good will,
  but yet the conviction comes upon you with a kind of pang.
    Cahill is not behaving rightly towards Mrs Potter. He
didn t pay her last Saturday.  I know that he made $13   his
salary s $10; three he got from the Pic.   This isn t honest. He
goes to Honey s too often and squanders his money.  She has had
a hard time of it this winter and is in debt.   Cahill is a
good-intentioned fellow but weak.   And weak men are never
honest.         Honesty and Justice   which is only a larger honesty
comprising everything but the divine element of Mercy   are the
rarest of qualities.     And, however unloveable, perverse, wick-
ed even, a man may be, it is astonishing how respectable
(in the better sense of the word) an obstinate, rugged honesty
will make him.      There s Leslie   obstinate, opinionative,
horribly illogical, making no sort of allowance for thoughts
or feelings he don t understand, prejudiced   but honest and
kind-hearted, keeping up his family affections, willing to
pay his mothers expenses if she ll cross the Atlantic to see
him married; capable, during his early struggles, of living
on three or four dollars a week, saving money and keeping
out of Debt!   in a word basing his life on Honesty and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Comments briefly on aging and honesty.
Date:1858-04-24
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Mrs.; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.