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brutal Democracy   he admires success too much,
that s where the flaw lies   talk as though anybody who
couldn t live without sympathy or affection or happiness were
contemptible.  When Fanny reminded him of his own, often,
exceeding need of it.            I hope Gun may prove a good,
likeable fellow, as I m predisposed to think.  Just now, I
don t know whether I haven t a greater liking for Leslie,
rough Scotchman as he is, than for any man in this house.
One can t care for those who don t care for you.   Leslie is
away in Philadelphia, now.    And it s considerably past mid-
night.     So, for a look at Hannah s portrait, and bed!
  27.  Tuesday.  To 11th Street.   Found Bellew had moved yester-
night.   Called at Dixon s to get sketch of him.  Return. Drawing.
Down town in the afternoon.   A dull, cold, brooding day, threatening
snow.   Phonography &c at night.
  28.  Wednesday.  To Davis  gilder s shop: down town: saw
Pounden: Pic Office &c.  Return. A letter from Mary Anne,
and a very confused one too, all about her affairs and position.
She is boarding, having apparently given up all notion of farming,
and the boys are  hiring out.    A separate letter contains information
mysteriously hinted at in the last,   that Fred is self-willed,
seems to have no affection for his mother or brother, wants to
 boss it  over everybody &c   and this during his father s life.
 I consider  writes Mary Anne  that he trampled me under foot. 
/ Phonography at night.        Apropos of the recent Darcie &
Ullman row, it s pretty well understood that Darcie s enmity
proceeds from personal spite against the Opera Lessee.   They were,
after a fashion, partners once, Darcie having control of the sale
of the Books of the operas played in the theatre.   Wilkes, his
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes a letter received from his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bennett, Hannah; Darcy, John; Davis; Dixon, Dr.; Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Ullman, Bernard E.; Wilkes, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):11th Street
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.