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  not an unbiased witness by the bye, for he has hated
old Patten ever since the row with poor Levison, when Pat-
ten threatened to throw Leslie out of window   a thing he
might, or might not, have accomplished   Leslie, I say,
reports how Patten was detested by merchants &c, when
in the Custom-house.   I can well fancy how odious he d be
when he took a whim of dislike, or was entreated to hurry
a little.     I wonder, sometimes, how such a man has any
friends.  Yet, I suppose there must be a class who having no
sensitiveness, no feelings to be trampled on, mistake his dog-
ged opinionativeness for rough sense and think him a tough
honest man.       I think, in spite of this case, that he was originally for
an office-holder rather honest (if one may call it so) than
otherwise.     I think that he would have set out with a resolve
to be brutally independent   he warnt agoing to be fooled by
any of them fellows, but to do just what he thought right
&c &c.   But he would slide into conniving   still with a show
of brutal independence which would deceive himself   at his
jackall s holding out an itching palm.      It s all summed
up in the sentence  If you ve a mind to pay some-
body else &c, that s none of my business!  Thats Patten
all over.       Poor Mrs P. has been much exercised about it,
asked me, over the dinner table, if I d read it in the Tri-
bune. (Funnily, the Tribune, Patten s pet paper has the most
severe account of it   most of the folks in the house, too, are
Tribune readers!)       I said I had; when she launched
out into a flood of incoherent explanations, assertions, dec-
larations, and all manner of skimble-skamble stuff  
involving vilification of the man Russell, who brings the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-four
Description:Regarding a scandal involving Willis Patten.
Date:1858-11-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Levison, William; New York tribune.; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Russell, Nathaniel M.
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.