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to Haney, warned Mrs P. against them, thinking
they might design boarding with them.     By the word
swindling I mean they owe that amount to their un-
lucky entertainer.     Clapp is the ugliest man I ever
saw in my life, his countenance almost justifies his
nature.   He is small and spare in stature, has nothing
particular in the way of nose, eyes which glance at you
with a sort of stare, and a copious beard.       Haney
and Cahill say his voice is agreable.   I dissent.  Latter s
testimony is worth nothing, as he is weak and, also, by
his pecuniary position and antecedents committed to
the Clapp and O Brien code of morals.       Then, too, Cahill s
judgment about Intellect, literature &c isn t worth
a straw.         Clapps tremendous assumption goes down
with him.         It s a very common thing when a man is
uniformly hideous   Nature being sternly consistent in
her work   to find out some detail to eulogise in him.
The beauty of an ugly womans hand, bust &c will be
descanted on by her would-be toadies.         Honestly I
don t think Clapp s voice agreable.       He has sense
and shrewdness, and I think did not one s inner
instinct rise in judgment against him, might be, by
some considered a pleasant companion.    He affects
me just as I fancy some of the Jacobins of the first
French Revolution would have done.    I find no mo-
desty, no kindness, no humanity in him.        He took
in Haney by his unparalled assumption, mixed with
his certain amount of real ability.    Haney is, at
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixteen
Description:Describes Henry Clapp's physical appearance.
Date:1858-11-23
Subject:Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.