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and wife, indeed! detaching victim from
vampire, rescuing a noble soul from one of hell s
furies!               Who prates of Thackeray painting
life blacker than it is? the asses, the dolts, the gin-
gerbread-loving fools!    What is there more terrible
than this in his pages?  Who is so felicitous, indeed
in his or her intimates to know so many good people
as Thackeray puts in his books   half as many? Not
I, nor you, nor any of us! (For, by God, this record
shall live, if but to bear testimony against so much
monstrous private wrong and wickedness as I have 
looked on and may the devil care how I appear in
it!)             How easy is it, now, to understand how
men may be goaded to murder!    Oh! Jim Parton,
run as far as God has any ground rather than let
thy life be spilt thus!   It s a wrong against God to
waste his wondrous gift thus!
  26.  Tuesday.  Down town, Omnibus Office &
elsewhere, Pic office removing into William St.  Didn t
see Britton, consequently didn t get money.    Writing
& drawing in the afternoon.     Gun up in the evening,
wanting me to draw, edit &c the Pic.     Talk about
it.       Round to the  Bank.      Thad Glover, foolish-fa-
ced Thad Glover, and Watson, once of the Sunday
Courier, now of Porter s Spirit there and Bob Gun must
needs invite them to drink with and join us.    This Wat-
son, the odious little cub, I have put down particulars
of, heretofore.    He did some knavery in England, theft,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage.
Date:1859-04-25
Subject:Books and reading; Britton; Fern, Fanny; Glover, Thad; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Parton, James; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):William 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.