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If so, it s a very unwanted proceeding.   Well, the man, on 
the strength of this, came to borrow $10, being very hard up.
Leslie began to splurge and object saying he  never lent  money,
would rather give, &c.     So the man asked him to give the sum.
 I did nt say I d do that,  quoth Leslie.       Finally he made a
half appointment with the man at his office   knowing that
at that time he would be on his way to Philadelphia!   his 
gold bracelet and cameo brooch   value over $100   in pocket
as presents to Miss Bella Farr.          It s a very opulent-young-
liquor-merchant s wooing after all.     He has an idea that to
shower gifts upon her is the right thing to do   the sort of con-
duct expected of him, and tells her she d better take all she
can get before marriage, as she may not get anything after-
wards.  I take it she s an amiable, rather self willed and
slightly pietistic girl of twenty.  His letters, which he reads
to me after composition are extraordinary productions.  With
a pencil and a sheet of paper he sits laboring over  em, for
a whole evening, copies the result out fairly at his counting-
house in the morning, makes another copy to keep by him  
just as if it were a business transaction   and then sends
No 2 off.     They are ungrammatical, tantological, lumber-
ourdly exaggerated in sentiment, and always contain a snatch
of heavy poetry which he ahs hunted up with infinite pains
out of Scott, or a Poetical Quotation Book.       I chaff  em
throughout, he defending every violation of grammar &c very
good naturedly.    His common inquiry is  Do you want to see
another  idiotic epistle?       Sometimes however he thinks he
has acquitted himself quite finely.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Regarding William Leslie's letters to his fiancee in Philadelphia, Bella Farr.
Subject:Farr, Bella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Marriage
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.