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Rain storm and lightning.
  19.  Thursday.  Writing story to take to Harper s till
  20.  Friday.  Took omnibus to go down town, designing
to start for Staten Island by 5 1/2 P. M.  Too late.  Called
at Pounden s store.  Off by 7.  A breezy time on the water.
At Factoryville, Corbyn met me, by 8.   Home with him.
He has a neat wooden-house, with his dentist s sign in front
of it, it s rear looking towards the river and Jersey shore.
Sat talking for an hour or two, then he was called out.
Returning we took a walk through the quiet village, into
New Brighton, which is a continuation of it.    Saw the
house where Aaron Burr died.       Curtis (the Howadji) lives
hereabouts and the folks know him pretty well.   They
say he aspired to be ambassador to England under Fre-
mont, and spent $1200 to aid him in the last presiden-
tial campaign.    Also there s a general impression that
he s a snob.        I m inclined to think it s a correct one.
There s a quiet affectation of manner about him which
one can t help suspecting is the quintessence of literary
conceit.  He speaks with deliberation which might in a
good, English, heavy-swell atmosphere easy ripen into 
a drawl.    He gets himself up English fashion too, in
costume and whiskers.   He affects a fastidious correct-
ness of speech and will commence a sentence with  If  
he   be   a Mormon: &c  when an unaffected mortal
would be ungrammatically natural with  is.   In lec-
turing his imitation of Thackeray is amusingly palpa-
ble.      I suppose him to have been, naturally, a very
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Comments on George William Curtis.
Subject:Corbyn, Wardle; Curtis, George William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pounden, Frank
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.