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heart, kind and modest   disposed, too, to let a
clever man put what estimate he pleases upon himself  
to accept him at it.      Like all the Americans I have
ever met he confounds self-distrust, want of power
of self assertion with weakness, lack of ability   and
is apt to go to the extreme in the opposite case.    This
Saturday Press is in the worst taste possible.    Bad blood,
ill-breeding, egotism, assumption and weakness are its
component elements.    With coarse boasts of independence
their are any amount of palpable axe-grindings.  North s
stories are reprinted besides Clapp s Parisian trash, and
his own stories from Harpers Mag.      The  Dramatic
Feulleton  by Fitz james O Brien, with his distinguished
name to each article (why wasn t English good enough
for their paper, I wonder?) is cleverish, but infernally
conceited.  O B  actually reviewed his own two-act farce
of the  Gentleman from Ireland  (plot hocked from
the French   a thing that even the venial Wilkins of
the Herald has the grace to refrain from in similar
cases.   And after pointing out its faults with an af-
fectation of candor absolutely delicious, he wound up with
the information of how often it has been played   always
filling the house.   Oh!  Erin go Brag!   Brag! Brag!
  The paper will last just as long as the milch-cow
Howland sinks money in it.    And   God save the mark!
  before the ineffable trash appeared, if they didn t
talk of it s going to be equal in merit to the Atlantic
Mag, in point of literary production! B   ah!!
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighteen
Description:Regarding Clapp's ''Saturday Press.''
Date:1858-11-23
Subject:Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Howland; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Saturday press.; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
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.