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couldn t I bring her to their shop that she might
write an article puffing the wax-flowers &c.   All through
he talked captions, half-dictatorial, thoroughly egotistic,
after his hard Scotch manner, I sitting on a sort of  rail,
commonly used to support his big drawing-board.   Pre-
sently Mrs Whitelaw came and the servant.   She, hospital-
bly, produced some gin and water.   Whitelaw was fussy,
not to say captious with her, and there was a complaining
tone in her remarks and accent.    His great natural,
national self esteem and habit of indulgence of petty tem-
per have grown upon him.    It grated upon me and set
me upon not accepting him at his own estimate as I am
at first inclined to do everybody.     The man, too, is so
cursedly suspicious that I m not going to be too hot
upon renewing intimacy.       Finding that most people
will defer to captiousness and domineering in trifles
he has acted upon it till it has become part of his 
nature.                      Cahill has been on to Boston, appro-
pos of some of Doesticks book-making business.   In-
quiring at the  Parker House  as to whether O Brien lived
there, he got a very emphatic  No Sir ee!  from the 
bar-tender as answer.   O B had run up a bill of
over $100 there; has been giving  literary breakfasts 
and conducting himself after his usual Barry Lyndon
fashion.  Bellew gave him an introductory letter to
Emerson and he had others   I question the honesty
of endorsing the swindler.     He was living at Cambridge,
said to be  literary editor of a Boston paper.  Cahill
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Describes a visit to Matthew Whitelaw and his wax flower shop.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Whitelaw, Kate; Whitelaw, Matthew
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.