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six emetics!        He declared that he could not
love even  a carnivorous Angel.      The spelling was
frequently defective, the style indicated the earnestness
and conceit of the writer, and the whole set us laughing
like Olympian Gods.      Another, terse enough, read thus:
 Sir; I am in love with with a pretty girl and my af-
fection is reciprocated; but her parents (d__n em!)
object to our marriage.    Now shall I let her slide or
run off with her   I m inclined to adopt the latter al-
ternative.            In another, an Ann Harbor man want-
ed to be informed what a young fellow was to do, when
having asked a girl at a ball whether he might  squire
her home, he subsequently ascertained that she lived
ten miles off and proposed returning on foot
  17.  Monday.  To New York again   passing the
 kosmos  Walt Whitman by the way. How does that
man   a unique character in his own way   live?  He has
a mother, an industrious brother and one idiotic.  I sup
the second maintains the family.     Then too, there is
or was some middle aged Philadelphia lady  a widow
of indifferent character, who admired him and whom
he spunged from.   And Partons $200 might have
sufficed to let him  loaf and lie at his case  for a long
time.              To Office, working like a fiend, paragraph-
ing, proof-reading &c till 3 P. M or later.  Roberts
present.     Wrote a note to Wilbour & Underhill, latter
came over, had talk with Roberts, undertook the job
of reporting, phonographically, the piece  Our American
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page seventy-nine
Description:Mentions passing Walt Whitman on the street.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York ledger.; Parton, James; Roberts, George; Underhill, Ed; Whitman, Walt; Wilbour
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.