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friends (!) were all English or Irish, he replied
to the asker, that they didn t pry into a man s private
doings.      He considered that he had a right to commit
murder if he liked.    Upon my observing that, in that
case, society had a right to hang him, he assented.  If
I (a pleasant way of putting it) kept a mistress &c
&c &c it was none of his business.    We had no right
to interfere with one another out of immediate business
relations.   There was Bellew, now,   he had always 
liked Bellew, looked upon him (Watson) the meaning of
a certain affair. (Some little robbery  forgery perhaps!)
He had told Bellew he didn t acknowledge his right to
ask that question &c.     What were people down upon
him for   they couldn t prove anything   let them do
so, if they could.        Then he denounced Shelton MacKen-
zie, who had written slightingly of his writings in Harpers.
How things got about! he had told nobody but Powell
(!) and another in confidence of his being  on  Harpers .
Then he enumerated various productions of his, stories,
poems &c, which I recognized as appearing in recent
numbers, some of merit. (The man has intellect of
a rather higher order than I had supposed.)   He only
wrote for money, should abandon it when the necessity
was passed.    He was here, only temporarity   intended
going up in the interior of N.Y. state, where he had
land, a mortgage   something or other.   The Harper s
had been liberal to him.  He had done engraving for them,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Describes a walk and a talk with John Watson.
Date:1859-04-20
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; MacKenzie, Shelton; Powell, Thomas; Watson, John
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.