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  To Benjamin s, Swinton accompanying me to
the door.    There till 9 1/2.
  13.  Thursday.  Office; walking down town with
Haney and overtaking Bob Gun.   He   the latter   is
getting to look fat and sensual and very like Henry
the eighth.   At office till 1  , out once, to publishing
office of a defunct Magazine and to buy  Noctes Ambro-
sianae for Leslie.          It s amusingly characteristic of
his nationality his  going in  for Scotch authors to fill his
recently-purchased bookcase.    Of all things in the world
I suppose geology to be most foreign to him, yet because
a Scotchman named Hugh Miller suddenly blows himself into
eternity and celebrity by a pistol-shot, Leslie, his country
man, must needs not only buy, but read his published
works; wading through the geologic names with infinite
difficulty and with many references to glossary.  There s
something thorough and commendable in this intense
nationality.  I never met an Englishman who bought
a book simply because it was written by one of his country
men.   We are broader   natured   don t keep our souls
running in narrow, deep channels as they do.    Leslie
swears by Miller, as he will swear by Kit North
and the rest of Maga s glorious blackguards   getting
withal a most confused sense of what they were and
meant.          Editorializing at home till 9 1/2.  An hours
call at the Jewell s.                    I am convinced that
Americans have very limited, imperfectly developed
conceptions of fun.   Here are two cases in evidence.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seventy-five
Description:Regarding William Leslie's enthusiasm for buying books by Scottish authors.
Subject:Benjamin, Park; Books and reading; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Miller, Hugh; Swinton, Alfred
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.