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sitters-secured-for-two-months-to-come about him. A
clever fellow withal.  Hitchings told me, heretofore, a lover of
Rabelais   which commends him to me.    Return through
the dank, dim fog and found  a gentleman waiting for me
in my room.      It was Johns   Wood-Johns! ex-amateur
consul to Jerusalem, architect, lecturer, and inventor of
the never-to-be-forgotten colored-tissue-paper-stained-glass!
I recognized him instantly, though he was a trifle thinner
and sported a white choker.   He had got my address
via Richardson (who s buried his second wife) in Philadelphia
and Frank Leslie s in New York.   Johns  story wasn t long
and verified an opinion I m growing into, that people change
less with years than is commonly supposed.  He has been
in North Carolina and thereabouts doing a little lecturing,
a little architecturalizing and a good deal of staying at
the houses of clergymen   always being orthodox and very
respectable.   He has revived his former  intention  of going
into the church   hence the white choker, says, too, he
will get married in spring and take a wedding tour to En-
gland.   The lady, he hinted, lives in West Chester, whither
he was now bound.   It was not the one whom, formerly &c
  she also lived in West Chester, as I remembered.   I m
quite a Southern man!  said he, to me, genteely.  This meant
that he considered anti-slavery sentiments as low   decided-
ly low.    I felt glad to see the man after so much
knocking about in the world, and sincerely hope his pros-
pects are brightening.  Mutual experience of adversity s tread-
mill in which one keeps grinding on, step after step, with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-four
Description:Describes a visit from his old acquaintance, Mr. Johns (Woodjohns).
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hitchings; Johns; Richardson; Rouse
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.