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does her duty to her husband, loves her boy, not
wisely, perhaps, and spite of her fiddle-playing and
tongue, is a kind-hearted woman.     Especially for this
country.          I have been, at odd snatches of time,
dressing, feeding, taking my one matin pipe &c going
through the  Scouring of the White Horse  by that trump
of an author of  Tom Brown.   It has given me a yearning
for England   rustic England; and will doubtless affect
many banished fellows thus, all over the world.   The
dialect is akin to that of my native Oxfordshire   how
familiar and pleasant to me.   It touches me as Burn s
localism must Scotchmen.     Oh that I could only live
in England! in dear, beautiful, stately, beneficent
old Oxford, most beautiful of cities in this world!   Why
was my lot cast in this d  ____d demagogueocracy?  Well,
perhaps to do something after all, when I have learnt
my lesson.   Perhaps to show it up   who knows?  God
help me to tell truth and nothing but truth, if he
intends me to do it.   Perhaps I may never get the
chance.   What raw material have I amassed in these
diarizings!   All sorts of scruples beset me as to
doing this, whether it is nt infernally wrong, unfair,
&c   but I must keep on.  It s grown part of my
Nature.
  30.  Sunday.  Col. Forbes up, as I sat in Haney s
room.  Forthwith he plunged into a description of the
modus operandi of gas-making in general and the one mode
destined to supersede them and make his fortune &.  As
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-nine
Description:Regarding his homesickness for England.
Date:1859-01-29
Subject:Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.
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.