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while!          For Fanny, she outdid her patron
in anger, all her latent  envy hatred and all un-
charitableness  blazing out in lurid splendor.    If
I came to the house she wouldn t see me   
  All right!   I m well content it should end so,
and don t repent what I ve done, one jot.   It s all
true, and right, and honest and needed telling.  And
 tis no small triumph that I who earn less money
  make it, rather   in a year than Bonner in a 
week, that I, sitting writing in my attic, can raise
this tempest in a tea-pot.     He is exasperate at what
he considers my presumption.   The idea of a fellow  
 this Gunn    who draws caricatures, scribbles promis-
cuously   isn t anybody in fact!   daring to reckon up
the Ledger   the N. Y. Ledger with a circulation
of 400,000 weekly! of his telling me! Robert Bon-
ner, that I deal in trash.   Proving it, too! Giving
his reasons!    The man would crucify me if he could,
I dare say.      The Century has reprinted much of
my article   all the unfavorable part, which of
course adds to Bonner s delight.     Now if I felt
a speck of consciousness of any personal feeling in the
affair, I should be sorry, and ashamed, as
it is I am right glad, thoroughly satisfied.    For
Bonner I ve no ill will or resentment: should like
to have an opportunity to do him some bit of honest
service by way of undeceiving him.   For Fanny, if
I were the man she supposes me, what a punish-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Regarding Robert Bonner and Fanny Fern's anger about Gunn's article in ''Scalpel'' criticizing the ''New York Ledger.''
Date:1859-04-10
Subject:Bonner, Robert; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York ledger.; Publishers and publishing; Scalpel.; Women
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.