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I must jot down a story Parton told me.  N.P. Willis
in his early days was engaged to be married to Benjamin s
sister.   Being in debt and dunned by a livery-stable
keeper N. P. mentioned this engagement as a plea for
postponement.   He was going to marry the rich Miss B.
and then he d be able to pay.  The livery-stable keeper
tattled, the brother broke of the match and has hated Willis
ever since.  To this hour N.P. doesn t know why the
lady wouldn t have him.  They were a toppingly-rich family.
  17.  Friday.  To Constellation  Office, saw Roberts, the
publisher, had talk with him, left MS, and drawing  
come again on Monday.      Reading Acton on Prostitution.
Out to Dixon s for an hour at night, thinking to borrow
other books to read up for reviewing Sanger.    Returned
by 10 1/2 .  Writing to Hannah.
  18.  Saturday.  In doors all day reading Sanger and
Acton.  There s no scope for a slashing review of the for-
mer as Mc Elrath suggested.  Apart from a certain
amount of book-making and unnesscesarily diffusive comment,
his book s well enough.  I m not going to pitch into it
against my conscience.  All that could be honestly said
in objection might be put in two or three paragraphs.
The backbone of a strong literary criticism should be
truth   making out a case to order would produce a
wretched as well as an unfair article.       Acton s book
is the better and smaller of the two   terse, strong, honest,
and clear-thought.   These men who deal with facts  
who look at life undraped   knock conventional notions
all to smash, when they speak, in the most edifying
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-seven
Description:Regarding reviewing two books of prostitution, by Acton and by Sanger, for John McElrath.
Date:1858-12-16
Subject:Benjamin, Miss; Benjamin, Park; Bennett, Hannah; Books and reading; Dixon, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath; Parton, James; Roberts, George; Willis, Nathaniel Parker
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.