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bill for the fiddle on the staircase.  Now there s
no harm in a woman s playing the fiddle, but still
it s funny.    Her life can t be too happy with that dyspep-
tic grampus.    He befogs himself over his newspapers, in
stead of talking to her and sometimes retorts on her volu-
bility with some curt sentence as pleasant to receive as a
slap of the face.      Truth to tell, however, she can often
give him as good as he brings.       Yet the woman has better
stuff in her than has ever been drawn forth.        He, with
his dry, coarse nature, his objective faith, which is no
faith at all, being all plagiarized from vulgar infidelity,
and consisting merely of antagonisms and prejudices,  
he can t lead the woman s soul into green pastures.  Ut-
terly destitute of sensitiveness and sensibility, how can he
understand it in her, when it occurs.            She would work
for him in hard up times, plan for him (she got him his
office) believe in him   like Mrs Pounden she actually
nourishes a monstrous idea that her husband is rather
a popular, an agreable man than other wise!   yet she s
not happy with him.    She has threatened to quit him.
But, of course, thats all talk.            In some things they
have acted like children during their prosperity   pur
chasing trashy things and indulging themselves in silly
ways.      Except in Levison s book case, filled by contri-
butions sent into the Picayune, to be reviewed, I never
saw such a lot of trash books together as in Mrs Pat-
tens room.   Weak, Yankee, dollar fictions   the d____d
est rot conceivable   the only decent volume Emerson s
 English Traits.        Yet I am glad to know that Pat-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding Mr. and Mrs. Willis Patten.
Date:1858-11-05
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.; 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.