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  29.  Monday.  Writing, then down town to Post
Office.    Afternoon reading & writing.   Cahill up for a
minute or so at night, for Haney, they going together
to Edwards.      Haney met J. G. Saxe, at Parton s yes-
terday and has much to say of him.     He appears a jolly
fellow, has a good opinion of his own writings which doesn t
show offensively, makes jokes and smokes a meerschamm.
He told the folks a good deal about the Boston literati, es-
pecially Holmes.   Says he s fond of money, aristocratic, fas-
tidious, exclusive, bestows the utmost care upon his productions,
polishing them to the last degree, insomuch that his publishers
have had to hook em from him into print.      He believes strongly
in  blood  and married an ugly woman on the strength of her
descent from the Pilgrim Fathers.  (She s his second wife  
this I had from Hitchings.)    He talks as brilliantly as he
writes and much in the same manner, belongs to a  Mu-
tual Admiration Society   an exclusive on   but  don t pay
his subscription    that is his share of admiration.  He
doesn t visit much or promise other folks writings loosely.
Lowell, Saxe thinks something of a snob   says he
affects a disdain of all American criticism and that he
refused, very cavalierly, to lecture before  a missed assemblage, 
on an invitation which any man might have been proud
of.   He admits his merit. (By Jove, he could hardly deny
it   the author of the  Bigelow papers  is a good deal ahead
of that of  Miss Mc Bride   Saxe s best.       Of course one
must receive these particulars with the usual grain, or ra-
ther lump of salt.      Saxe may be a very good fellow, but
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-three
Description:Regarding the poet J. G. Saxe, whom Jesse Haney met at Jim Parton's house.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hitchings; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr.; Lowell, J. Russell; Saxe, J.G.; Saxe, J.G., Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.