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of a much more elaborate portraiture than I have
leisure to paint but here goes to knock in a few de-
tails.    About the most unique Bohemian that I have
encountered.     Handsome, or at least, goodlooking, young,
dresses in good taste, can sing a song in a pleasant
voice accompanying himself on the guitar or piano.
Used to picturesque himself in his artist period, with
long hair, black velvet coat etc.    but has cut that since
his joining the press-going.   Altogether an alert-looking
fellow, talks well, is good company.   Reads French,
especially Balzac.     His father, a grave, gray-bearded
man, has been a  come-outer,  belonged to the  Phalanx 
or  Phalansterie  which attempted some Socialist, agra-
rian experiment in New Jersey; some of the compo-
nent members George remembers very well and des-
cribes humorously.      His sister was married from this
association, the solemnization being commented upon
and vilified at the time in the N. Y. Herald.   Sub-
sequently Arnold s father tried farming in the west, I
think Illinois.   George has no great liking for the country.
His life is decidedly decendental, his philosophy rather
negative than anything else.  He has  swallowed all
formula  as to creed, is prone to back Iconoclasts of
all sorts, nothing is sacred to him.   He writes and rhymes
with the greatest fluency, will do both on any subject or
question, is a literary Swiss to the extremest degree.
In this as in his life there s no hypocrisy, he af-
fects to be nothing but what he is.    He has an ex-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes George Arnold.
Date:1859-05-04
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Miss; Bohemians; 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.