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assassination.    All the English I have
talked too, except Rosenberg (!) have taken the
other view.        As if one black sin could justify
a blacker.    As if, too, just at the very time
when culture, self control, Christianity should come
into play to restrain and guide   all ought to go
by the board at once, and blood-red murder to be
welcomed as the right course of conduct.   But the
red indian savage has bequeathed his notion of the
excellence of Revenge to his white successors.
  Apropos of the Ledger, Haney has got an order
to write an article on serpents for it.   Parton does
write for it, every week; which fact, I think, modi-
fies his judgment of the inherent trashiness of the
paper.     Invisible threads from the Ann Street office
are appended to all sorts of noses.   He, Parton, came
to this country a child, and half believes in it.   He
is dazed by its bigness and swaggering vitality which
in his hopeful estimation, outgrows the ravages of the
vultures feeding on its vitals.   He has, not unnatur-
ally, got so interested in its Burrs and Jacksons
and other unloveable  great men,  as to drop into a
half hero-worship of them, which I cannot follow.
To me they are simply odious and unchristian.   I
think his enthusiasm, while it makes him write vigorous-
ly, leads him into too hot sympathy with his subjects.
What a thousandfold happier, better, clearer life
might have been, had it been cast in that old
monarchy, which whatever be the faults which
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Regarding James Parton.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Key, Philip Barton; Murder; New York ledger.; Parton, James; Rosenberg; Sickles, Daniel Edgar
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Ann Street
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.