office where Holmes was kept at some clerkish employ-
ment, though I know he is a villain one of the im-
pulsive, sanguine, approbative, cruel, intensely-Irish or-
der. He told me once, how he had committed a rape
upon a defenseless Irish girl, whom he encountered on
a road this in his own country. He was a Mitchelite
in patriotism, a brutally-pro-slavery man in politics.
Were he at liberty, his life wouldn t be a harmless one.
But fifteen years of prison what an entertainment!
For a man of his temperament it must be especially
terrible. He was accustomed to indulge all his appetites
and had no intellectual resources. Some prison func-
tionary informed Haney that the extent of Holmes se-
tence was inflicted as a matter of personal and political
animosity, Holmes being opposed Fernando Wood and
his party. Haney saw, too, among another prisoners, the
man who was sentenced to 40 years confinement for a
garrote robbery. This punishment was inflicted by Judge
Russell, who let off another offender, a political shoulder-
hitter, charged with a brutal assault, with a month or so.
Russell is a pet of the Herald, corrupt from hair to toe-
nails. Arnold told me how he was bribed into a decision
in favor of the Golden Prize paper, apropos of the gift
enterprize business. One of the proprietors made Russell
a present of some note he held against him.
26. Friday. Non mi recordo and writing. Not
well, anxious &c. Did drawing on wood gratuitous.
27. Saturday. Did another drawing then down
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty|
|Description:||Regarding Jesse Haney's visit to Sing-Sing prison and seeing John B. Holmes there.|
|Subject:||Arnold, George; Crime; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Holmes, John B.; Irish; Prisoners; Russell, Judge; Wood, Fernando|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|