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ness, irony-headed self will and capacity for
boring people must render him a fearful acquaintance,
not to say adversary.      He had borrowed or ac-
cepted alms from everybody, as far as I can learn.
Paterson acknowledged him a nuisance.  Like
a sly old soldier, the Colonel said never a word of
his calling here, though the Scotchman had directly
asked him if he remembered me, or knew my ad-
dress.      Why isn t Forbes in Italy now? there s use
for his sword there.    Paterson has tried to persuade
him to go, but no!  like many of his class of
pseudo-patriots, he distrusts and attributes all sort
of bad motives to others in the same business.  This 
same patriotism when taken up as a trade al-
ways justifies Johnson s remark about it.    Andre-
otti was an Italian patriot, too!          The curse
of helping such a man as Forbes is, they never have
done with needing help.    Besides they waste your
time horribly.        [Phonography] and writing till late at
night.
  2.  Thursday.  Set to work at another editorial
for the Century and blazed away at it all the mo-
ning.     After dinner, Mrs Jewell, Selena and her
affianced one, Wall, called, the former having a
letter for me from Alf Waud.   He writes in better
spirits than his last communication disclosed, talks
inconclusively of going to Cincinatti, says he s painting
pictures, details a brief sketching trip to Lake
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page seven
Description:Describes a conversation with Paterson about Colonel Forbes, and mentions receiving a letter from Alfred Waud.
Date:1859-06-01
Subject:Andreotti; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Paterson, Thomas; Wall; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.