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		     June 1859.
  1.  Wednesday.   Chores &c.  Down town to
the Century Office by 12 1/2 through rain-drizzle.
Article accepted and already in type as I had not
anticipated.  Corrected proof: talk with Mc El-
rath and his son, my cabin-chum on Lake Superior.
Out; met Haney: hither and thither, returning
up-town per omnibus.   Paterson called at 6, in
accordance with a note I directed to him at the
Post-Office.   Talking of Col. Forbes, he narrated
how extremely hard-up he had been during the
past winter, almost entirely subsisting at his (Pa-
terson s) expense; how, quarrelling with the man
of whose invention he bragged so much to myself
and Haney, the Colonel had, after his wont, com-
menced sharp hostilities, denouncing his opponent in
a letter to the Tribune, revealing  the invention,  and
raking up his ex-coadjutors questionable antecedents.
(The man had been in Sing Sing.)   Moreover the
Colonel visited all his acquaintance and, says
Paterson, ruined the man.    He cork-screwed him-
self into Paterson s household by requesting them to
recommend him a washerwoman! Just now he s 
teaching fencing until he can fall in with some other
man with money to get enthusiastic about, to adhere
to, to quarrel with, to denounce as the greatest scoun-
drel living.   His extraordinary pertinacity, thorough
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page six
Description:Describes a conversation with Paterson about Colonel Forbes.
Date:1859-06-01
Subject:Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McElrath; McElrath, Thomson; Paterson, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.