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tensive and promiscuous acquaintance with
the other sex and shrewdly observes the immense dif-
ference of popular impressions with respect to a certain
class of them with hard facts.       He says if he get
married he shall make no disguise of his past life.
He possesses power of reticence, and is one of the compa-
ratively few men   especially young men   who can bring
what they know and observe to bear upon their actual
conduct in life.       He is free-handed, saves no money,
goes on sprees of three or four days together, talks
openly of it.          His writings are pleasantish, sometimes
shrewd, much of his poetry pretty; but indicating
no great promise of work of higher mark.     Indeed
pitched into the cess-pool of weekly journalism and
bedeviled with bursts of dissipation I doubt if his ca-
reer can be upwards.   I don t think he is really
very much in earnest about anything.   He has closed
the hatches down on light streaming from above and
seems content to let the passion and interest take the
helm, though they steer to the devil.      Now he half-
edits the N.Y. Mercury, writes a column or two of corres-
pondence, besides outside ventures.   Earns a good deal
of money at times.                Evening, finding my bed
still in the centre of the newly-white washed bare room,
turned out & went to 16th St.    Miss Cooper and
Mrs Pounden (who has returned to Mrs Potter)  sitting
together in a sort of landing place, Mrs Gouverneur in
her adjoining room with  a bean.    Upstairs to Haney s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes George Arnold.
Date:1859-05-04
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th 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.