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Called at Mrs Jewells   saw Selina.  Had to camp
in Leslie s antechamber to night   my room horribly damp.
  5.  Friday.  To Harper s with sketches   rejected   eheu!
Bob Gun  moving  this afternoon.  In my room awhile, rather drunk.
Seems extremely sensitive as to what s said of him, expresses great
regret at leaving and declares if it were not for a countryman
of his (Leslie) he wouldn t go.   Asserts that the story of the message
from  his woman  is false   that is really came from a sick, male
friend, now lying ill, likely to die.     Says too, this  bit of spite  has
cost him $250, he having squandered or got into debt to that amount,
in a debauch which he rushed into in consequence of the slander.
Seems really to believe this is a sort of retaliation   an evidence of
spirit!  He don t care   he d spend any amount rather than he d
be crowed over &c &c.  With all the absurdity of this, his sensi-
tiveness is a point in his favor.     However he went down-stairs and
drank whiskey with Leslie immediately after leaving me.   Apropos
of the latter he read out the Herald report of the Patten scandal to
the women, this afternoon.     There has been a quiet grin of satis-
faction passing through the house at this affair, though every-
body is disinclined to take a malicious view of it out of re-
gard for the feelings of Mrs Patten.     But to detect the man
who had the brutally bad taste to declare over the Sunday
dinner table, in the most violent and offensive language,
that all Englishmen and Europeans generally who came
to this country were theives, runaway convicts &c   to de-
tect this wrong-headed, dogmatic, prejudiced conversational
ruffian as a peculator and official rogue, is provocative
of a laugh.  Such a Nemesis, it would require an immense
amount of Christian charity not to enjoy.    It s astonishing
how the man s manner has excited detestation.   Leslie  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding Bob Gun moving out of the boarding house, and a scandal involving Willis Patten.
Date:1858-11-04
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Leslie, William; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.