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[newsper engraving with Gunn s notes]
Bonner, but lacking his characterist
ic expres 		sion, that
of jovial 		egotism
and 			self-
assu- 			rance.
His 
hair is
thinner
too, on
the top
of his
head.

[newspaper engraving of Bonner and article] 
   A writer in The Richmond Enquirer thus de-
scribes the personal appearance of Mr. Robert Bon-
ner, the editor and proprietor of The Ledger:
  In person he is about the medium height; his build
is that of a man who knows the value of develping
his muscles by exercise in the fresh air; his dorid com-
plexion has the unmistakable hue of health; his hair is
fair, and somewhat closely trimmed, revealing a high,
expansive brow and finely shaped head.  He wears
neither beard nor moustache; his eyes, though not
large, are clear, brilliant, and remarkably full of intel-
ligence; their color is either dark blue or hazel.  About
his pleasant mouth there is a mirthful curve that
breaks into frequent smiles; kindly good humor seems
the dominant expression of his face.  He might easily
pass for under 30, but is in reality a few years older.
His manners are peculiarly simple, unaffected and ge-
nial.  Without the slightest appearance of pretension,
he is perfectly self-possessed; his conversation im-
presses you immediately with his energy, intellectu-
ality, clear sightedness and shrewdness, and you feel
astonished at finding no bombast, no inflated vanity,
no supercilious complacency in a self-made man, who
has fought his way to a pinnacle of public favor that
might well make the brain dizzy. 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Newspaper clipping describing Robert Bonner, including two engravings of him.
Subject:Bonner, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.