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  Q. K. Philander Doesticks is    but who
does not know the immortal Doesticks?  Nobody
does not know Doesticks, the amusing literary
acrobat, that is to say, they know him as he ap-
pears before the public, as Doesticks, the funny
writer.  But they do not know him as he is
known in private life as Mortimer Thomson,
the gentleman, as, in short, as we know him.
Now, as the public at large are thoroughly ac-
quainted with Doesticks, and know very little
of Thomson, and as the public are anxious to
learn all they can about Thomson, we will say
nothing about Doesticks, but just post them up
a little about the individual in his private charac-
  In the first place, then, Mr. Thomson is a good
looking fellow, with dark brown eyes, regular

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features, long hair, and pointed beard.  In appear-
ance he rather resembles some of those wonderful
bas-reliefs of Assyrian kings recently disen-
tombed from the ruins of Nineveh.  In private
life Mr. Thomson never makes a joke, nor says a
funny thing.  He is simply a cheerful, lively, 
well-bred gentleman.  He does not perpetually
pass his time in drinking beer and getting tight,
as some who have read his Visit to Niagara sup-
pose; still he can take his tod like a man.  He
is now engaged on the staff of the N. Y. Tribune,
and, we believe, writes occasionally for Frank
Leslie s new paper.  He lives in elegant style in
elegant style in Brooklyn, and israpidly amassing
a large fortune by his successful literary labors.
There, that s all we are going to tell you about
Doesticks as Thomson.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding writer Q. K. Philander Doesticks (Mort Thomason in private life).
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York tribune.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.