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His  Infinite Republic  at the end of a fortnight
had not sold to the extent of a single copy.  He and
Clapp peddled it about at the book stalls, having agreed
that the minimum price should be half-a crown.   Much
more did Clapp relate of North s amours, of a simi-
lar character.    He was always  in love    hot, enthusiast-
ic   idealistic   capulatory   devil knows what!    Ada
Clare was one of his latest flames, but, Clapp says, didn t
like him.     He always talked about himself and nothing
else to the women on the second interview, and bored
them.  At first his eager, impulsive, lively talk attract-
ed them.   All the novelistic surroundings of his  Colum-
bia  in the  Slave of the Lamp  are simply bosh,
but he intended that heroine for a scraggy little girl
who had written a book.  She didn t care a jot for the
fellow, but attitudinized, went into deep mourning
and such rot on the strength of his suicide.  North s
egotism was so ill-balanced as to incline towards
craziness.   He told Clapp, once, that he had come into
a fortune of  1000 or so, that he designed return-
ing to England, hiring Exeter Hall, scattering the
money (in gold!!) among the audience, after a revo-
lutionary harangue, in consequence of which pro-
ceedings, in two weeks he would be on the throne of
Great Britain!     He borrowed, got in debt, was reck-
less of moral or pecuniary obligations, quarreled
with everybody   in a word acted as though license
were man s rudder through life.   What a life
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.
Subject:Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clare, Ada; Gunn, Thomas Butler; North, William; Suicide; Women
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.