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man is.   I ve had fits of trying to believe in
him but tis impossible.   His generosity, rare as it ap-
pears, is but approbativeness, for which he takes the hugest
credit to himself.   If he invites you out to drink at a tavern
it is with an eye to business, that he may sell  a case of
bitters  to the landlord.  All his nocturnal indulgences are
of this sort.     The greed for money grows upon him, is
in his blood.        All his faculties are sharpened to that
one point: I never saw the passion so terribly developed
in a young man.   I see how it s done, to, and  tis a
study.       How truth, mercy, everything go to the wall
when the Main Chance comes in!      He gets an intima-
tion that a Southern customer is shaky on credit, bills
coming due which may not be met, said customer having
remitted an order to him.    It is not complied with  
the firm holds off until it be found whether the man
meets his engagements, when if he do, they ignore the
receipt of the order   lie about it   some Post Office
blunder   and express promptness to deal with one &c.
  Meantime that poor devil Latto has to keep him-
self, an wife and family on $8 per week!  Leslie
knows this and  don t know anything about him. 
Unfortunate Scotchman with a taste for poetizing   Burn s
bitten.    He sent in a Burns ode, did this poor Latto,
to the London Centenary Competition.   It was horribly
long, says Norval.                              I saw little Miss
Brooks, her mother and a broad-shouldered young
man walking beside the former, on Bleecker St, the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Regarding William Leslie's passion for making money.
Date:1859-04-13
Subject:Brooks, Nina; Brooks, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.