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publishers.             Roberts is very costive
about paying   owes me $25 still.       I ve
seen a good deal of Picton of late.  He is always
more or less inebriated.   A hybrid between the
literary Bohemian and rowdy is Tom Picton.
A very good-humored fellow with a good deal
of general knowledge, passes among the generally
ignorant men of the weekly press for a smart,,
able writer.    He might be such, did he give
himself time or trouble to think, but as he in-
variably scribbles under the influence of mere tem-
porary excitement, feeling, whim, what not, and
always with immense jocular complacency, he
never does anything worth reading.    When he attempts
stories they are merely conventionally funny.  His
human beings talk florid, roundabout chaff,
such as no mortals ever do in life, and are all
of the pattern of the fun of twenty years ago   
Tom and Jerryish   Corinthian Kateish   and
such rot.      His English is awkwardly construc-
ted, albeit he prides himself on his literary capacity
for the last twenty years, knows everybody,
talks enough for seven, and always drinks  Mon
onguhela plain.    Went into Native Americanism,
and hasn t got rid of the taint yet.   Knows, es-
pecially well, filibusters and volunteers for all
sorts of invading and martial enterprises; has
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding Thomas Picton.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Picton, Thomas; Roberts, George
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.