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fortune.   She lives, says Leslie, very happily.
Thus Leslie.    How little you can reckon up a man
by merely scoring down his more prominent qualities.  I 
distrust all summings up.       Here s this not anomalous
Scotchman, affected by the scene he has to day witnessed,
speculating after his fashion, on the future, and throwing
over all his wonted professions of obstinate, brutal, Pres-
byterian, Calvanistic orthodoxy   quite unconsciously, too.
Such a bit of reality did, for the time, knock formula
out of him.   We don t know that we shall live hereafter,
said he.       Furthermore he came out with an avowal that
he considered it would have been better if he d never been 
born.       And this very evening he also related, with great
triumph, how he had disposed of one of the returned
trinkets   a bracelet   once presented to Miss Bella Farr,
for it s full value in labels for his Bitters!            Bonar
the lithographer is the man who takes the job and bau-
ble.            Leslie is a heathen   not an unkindly one  
one of the Hebraical eye for eye  tooth for tooth  order.
As long as his interest don t suffer he ll be pretty
fair, except when the temptation to make money comes in,
but let his selfishness get alarmed, expect no mercy 
  except what might dribble through approbativeness.
  7.  Sunday.   Called on the two Hillards.   Evening,
to Chapins.  Another man preaching and iterating.  Sub-
sequently to Edwards .
  8.  Monday.  Mrs Jewell and her daughter (Selina)
called, both in deep mourning.   Wrote to Alf Waud.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seven
Description:Regarding William Leslie.
Date:1858-11-06
Subject:Bonar; Farr, Bella; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Leslie, William; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.