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Right.     Such a man O Brien would scorn
and detest   see nothing endurable in him.   But, oh!
what a paltry, shabby, mean buck is the Irishman in
comparison!    The injustice and swindling that follows
in his trail!                  Think of the lives of Wilkie and
Haydon, as exhibited in the autobiography of the latter.
Wilkie the awkward, economical Scotchman, who wouldn t
buy paper for his fellow students until they advanced the
money   yet when his picture of the Blind Fiddler was a 
success what do we find him doing.   Sending dresses and
presents to his poor old mother and sisters in Scotland!
While poor Haydon was depleting his father s purse and
those of others as long as he lived.    And Wilkie would lend
Haydon money, too,   the greater effort and the kinder that
he knew the value of it and didn t borrow, himself.   One s
life was based on true principles   it all lies there.  The other,
noble as were some of its aspirations   had a warp and
flaw throughout, through which its unhappy owner   poor
fellow creature, God pity him   and all of us!   dropped
into the miserablest ruin.
  25.  Sunday.  Talking in the parlor with Mrs Church.  Half
an hour s phonography in Washington Square, Rawson Gill being
with me.  A dull, brooding day, with an east-winderly dampness
latent in it.    Afternoon reading and sleeping.   Evening to Chapin s.
Subsequently to Edwards .   Matty has returned from Rochester,
but I didn t see her, the girls having gone to bed.
  Axiom.   Expect anything, love, mercy, long-suffering,
limitless forgiveness, from women rather than Justice.  There s
something like this in Reade, but I dug it out of my own
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Comments on honesty.
Date:1858-04-24
Subject:Artists; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haydon, Benjamin Robert; Leslie, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Wilkie, David; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.