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honesty is simple owing to his having money   money
he has never worked for.   He could squander any amount
in whoring and drinking but I had, literally, to dun him
into paying me a miserable $10 or so for work done
on the Picayune last February   it was $12 originally,
but he cut it down to the minor sum and I disdained the
meanness of the whole affair too much to wrangle about
it.    I only got it just before starting off on my recent jour-
ney.       In fact Gun is simply selfish, self willed, appro-
bative and good natured.     If he d no money he would,
in all probability have swindled Mrs Potter, as Cahill
has.       But to return to her championship of old Patten.
He, the  speculator and peculator  has occasionally loaned
her money, $30, or so, at a time, perhaps more.   So
she endorses him, as she does that old rogue Gen. Nye,
(whom bye the bye, Mrs Patten invoked as having  the grea-
test confidence  in her husband!  Satan endorsing Beelze-
bub!)  which rascally politician was quite deified by
the two Mrs P. s, when he used to come hither.   He took
Mrs Potter out for a drive &c.      Clearly shown up as an
old dodger who had extorted  an house and lot  from the 
policeman under his control, yet these women shut
their eyes to the fact   and others   with that pertinacity
which only thorough-going women partisans are capable
of.            There is, really, something sublime in it.    By
the way Mrs Patten seems to have dropped Spiritualism
She has taken to playing the fiddle!   I ve heard her, as
I passed her door (she locks herself in and is shy of her
performances being overheard) and also I picked up the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-seven
Description:Regarding reaction in the boarding house about the Willis Patten scandal.
Date:1858-11-05
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Music; Nye; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Spiritualism; Women
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.