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  An exalted reputation, above a person s de-
serts, is a dangerous possession.  When a
man is reputed wiser, richer, or smarter than
he really is, his situation is an unenviable one;
for a fall, sooner or later, into his true position,
inevitably awaits him; and falls are not pleasant.
When a person bruises his shins he is quite lia-
ble to lose his temper also.  Let us mention a
case in point:
  A few years ago the prosperity and success
of the New York Tribune were generally attri-
buted, in the main, to the sagacious manage-
ment of Mr. McElrath, in the business depart-
ment of the paper.  Even the Rev. Mr. Parton,
in his Life of Greeley, which had a great sale,
took this view, and made it very prominent in
his book.  But all this is the ultimate result proved
to be fallacious.  It was discovered that Mr.
McElrath, so far from being a Rothschild, had
given a direction to his business not only disas-
trous in its consequences, but which struck
many persons as ludicrously unwise.  He failed.
He was promptly superseded, by a more compe-
tent man, in the Presidency of the Nassau Bank,
which he had previously held, and was very
properly deposed from his situation as publisher
of the Tribune.
  After a while Mr. McElrath tried his hand at
another paper, as appropriate to the times as
the weekly issue [unclear word] old-fashioned spelling
book would have been.  Having got knocked off
the locomotive, he perhaps prudently enough
for him essayed to drive an ox-team.  We were
solicited to advertise in this sheet.  Advertise
in it post bills in an unfrequented back yard,
instead of the thoroughfares of the great me-
tropolis!  Of course we declined.  Hence the
wrath of Mr. McElrath.
  How does he manifest it?  An author, a no-
tice of whose book we refused to insert in the
LEDGER, and who felt provoked at our refusal,
flares off a little pop-gun, in some magazine, at
the LEDGER; but even this writer has too much
respect for public opinion not to cloak his ma-
lice.  He interlards his strictures with many
complimentary remarks.  What does Mr. McEl-
rath do?  Copies the article, omitting every-
thing that is favorable.  Thunder sours milk;
refusing to advertise sours the milk of human
kindness in the breast of Mr. McElrath.  Oh,
the wrath of Mr. McElrath!  Poor Mr. McEl-
rath!  Shins bruised and anger-raised.  Prop-
erty and temper both gone!  When backed up
by the talent of Horace Greeley and Charles A.
Dana, he couldn t get along; what shall he do
alone?  Pity the sorrows and forgive the wrath
of poor Mr. McElrath.  We cannot advertise
with him shall we pass round the hat for Mr.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and six
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Robert Bonner for the ''New York Ledger,'' criticizing McElrath.
Subject:Bonner, Robert; Dana, Charles A.; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath; New York ledger.; New York tribune.; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.