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dy s father his bequeathing him money would be
readily accounted for.    I believe the woman s first
husband was much absent from and died away from
her.   She sinks all mention of him.  The youths are
as unlike physiognomically as mentally.  Rawson plain-
featured, very much freckled and emphatically homely,
Gladdy with lightish curling hair, and but for his puf-
finess of aspect rather well favored, though he was much
handsomer three years back.      Rawson unobtrusive,
mum, habitually self-reticent, Gladdy sapeonaceous,
specious, false, addicted to impudent fawnings on older
persons to an extent I never saw equaled by one of
his years.    He will coax and flatter and embrace his
mother in the most odiously hypocritical way before others.
He is dishonest, too, and in answer to his brothers re-
monstrance about his not returning a fiddle to a shop
he had obtained it from, said  they didn t know where
he lived.   His caressing air with women, will I opine,
lead to mischief when he grows older.   He is almost
wholly uneducated and inherently idle.     Rawson, as
far as I can judge, is doing his best.   If his worthless
mother would give him the chance of applying himself to
studying medecine, as he is endeavouring to do, I have
no doubt he would apply to it, hard and fast.  He
knows she does not love him, knows she is unfit to 
rule either of her children.    Bitter knowledge for a
young man to carry about with him in lonely walks
at night about the streets of a great city!  I am
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Regarding Rawson Gill and his brother Gladdy.
Date:1859-04-19
Subject:Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); 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.