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have tyrannized over and sneered at her.
He has his deserts in being linked to a selfish
woman who married him for her own uses and
keeps his nose to the grindstone.             Mort
is one of that class who can get along very well
without individual friendships.  If friend or wife
move off the board, they  go to a coffee-house and
take another.     Yet his amiable qualities incline
folks to get up a belief in him wholly dispropor-
tioned to his merits.     Twas curious to observe
how he absorbed Ed. Wells, unquestionably a supe-
rior man to himself.     He used to cut jokes at
Wells  expense, to call him  Jane  etc.    Wells accep-
ting it and loyally believing in him as though nothing
were more natural.       Such one-sided friendships
are common.   I experienced more than one myself
in my boy days.     Bill Jones was my Steerforth
  my admirable Crichton for a long time.    When
I think of him now   what he was   how ludri-
cous and yet how touching does it appear!
     Vale Mort. for the present.  [Phonography] and writing
all the evening.   If I hold on I may be a
thorough [unclear word] in six months   by the time I com-
plete another of these volumes.
  Am I getting nearer to you, Hannah?
			/
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and fifty-one
Description:Comments on unequal male friendships, such as that between Mort Thomson and Edward Welles.
Date:1859-05-31
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jones, Bill; Marriage; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; Women
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.