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and what a death!    The ghastly side of
Bohemianism with a vengeance!       Clapp asserts
that he  knew North like a book  and though during
the life of the latter their mutual selfishness and ego-
tism must have again and again brought them into an-
tagonism, nay, have induced the hatred of which only
intensely vain people are capable, Clapp can have no
more inducement to pervert truth about his dead
comrade that is offered by a desire to shine at his
expense.    I find Clapp does nearly everything for
effect.   His literary judgments are not worth a rotten
straw, he neither thinks or trys to think honestly of
anything, has no reverence, no belief; neither his
life or thoughts are squared with truth.  I am
inclined to think North was the less depraved man
of the two, the wretched suicide with all his insane
vanity, did aspire to something, alloyed as it might be
with Free-Love Phallus worship, His Millenium of
invention-gone-mad is a poor business to be sure but
better that than none at all.                  From one
ugly man to another: I visited Whitelaw one
Sunday night.    Found him in a rear back room,
at night on a  make your own beer  design.   He began
to talk of himself, as usual, his excellence in making
wax-flowers, his teaching his wife, Church the artist
&c.     He showed me a design of his for Church s big
South American picture, said, he, Whitelaw, had de-
signed the title of the Ledger.   Did I know Fanny Fern?
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; North, William; Suicide; Whitelaw, Kate; Whitelaw, Matthew
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.