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he can t help knowing that Holmes and Lowell
are far above him   and he mayn t be able to digest
this.   Saxe has engagements to lecture for months ahead
  possibly to read that bosh I heard  tother night.  His
 Sonnet to a Clam  &  Miss Mac Bride  are the only
things of merit of his that I know.    You always think
of Hood in comparison with him, and then he s nowhere.
  30.  Tuesday.  Writing, essay in  Autocrat  till
sunset, when I couldn t stop in doors any longer, as
the day died so gloriously.   Rushed up the 5th Avenue,
back through Broadway.         Writing again at night.
  1.  Wednesday.  Writing as yesterday, then a
rush down town as far as Reade St.    I have finish-
ed article, am not satisfied with it and shall write
it over again.     It is too labored.  I was horridly
nervous and anxious over it.   Must try again and
am sure I can lighten it, and better it tenfold.  I m
hard-up and out of sorts.    Oh Lord! to be clear
of necessity for six months that I might devote my-
self entirely to  Paul Gower    I would make that
a hit.      Have been plotting on it for, at least, eight years.
  2.  Thursday.  Down town to Pic Office and
Sunday Times.   Du Solle not within. (I ve a story
to take to him.)    Filthy day, rain, mud, misery,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-four
Description:Regarding the poet J. G. Saxe.
Subject:Du Solle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr.; Lowell, J. Russell; Saxe, J.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):5th Avenue; Broadway; Reade Street
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.