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becoming Worse!    When I think of every roof
in this great city covering each its little hells of folly
and unhappiness, of all that the sun shines on doing
the like, I might well be saddened but for the
knowledge that men have lived brave, sweet, divine
lives and thus born testimony of the good of which
we are capable.    Otherwise Tennyson s Lotus-eaters
gods rule.          Then, too, to know that all the countess
villains of men who have preceded us have had to
meet the same questions.   I can turn a key and take
out a sculptured Ninevite head   to think that
my Assyrian brother who wrought on that two thousand
years before Christ walked in Judea   to think that
he had to face the same Sphynx riddles that I do
this day.          The dead millions can t help us too!  Yes
they can.   Charles Lamb s life might bid us all
hope, to say nothing of Christ s.                   Turned
out with Leslie and met Haney at the street cor-
ner.   Leslie soon left us and Haney and I walked
about the whole warm summery evening, going once
to the  Store  (tavern) for beef.             Much said of
Parton.  I had met him this afternoon, he waiting
outside a store reading a paper, while Mrs Skew-
ton was shopping within.     Haney told me some things
about the horrible woman s reasons for first
taking a dislike for him which I won t put down.
  Oh that that woman could be bodily removed to ano-
ther planet, that past relations could be cancelled
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Comments on the conflicting good and bad natures of humanity.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Books and reading; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.