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look sober.     Can be malicious at times but
is normally good natured.    Talks descendental,
always.     Used to belong to the Bill-Porter and
 Spirit of the Times  lot and was one of Herbert s
cronies      I believe Herbert borrowed money and books
from Tom; in a word swindled him every way.
Picton s real name is Millin, as I ve elsewhere
put down.    He has lived in Paris a good deal, 
says he fought at the barricades in one of the
revolutions.  (I guess that of 1830.)     He used
to dub himself the Chevalier Picton, had cards
with that title on, and wore a bit of ribbon in
his egat.   Popular report asserts him an English-
man, but he asserts New York as the place
of his nativity.        Indeed he does not impress
one as at all American, his Know Nothing-
isms seeming rather the result of primary af-
fectation than inherent.     I rather like Picton
altogether.   He is, really, a better fellow than
more pretentious men.     In this  cess-pool of litera-
ture  as Greeley once termed New York, the man
who is not absolutely flawed throughout is almost like-
able.   Picton, one of the men whom people describe as
 nobody s evening but his own  appears to quieter ad-
vantage when your e alone with him.  I fancy he
like thousands, scarcely ever takes stock of himself
  thinks where am I drifting to.     Britton (not his
real name) is a lawyer.   Why he started this
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Describes Thomas Picton.
Subject:Britton; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Herbert; Picton, Thomas
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.