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for his worshipper, but yet with an inevit-
able under-sentiment of self exaltation.   Wells is
femininely jealous, of Mort s passion for Grace,
sometimes mopes about it; he was so, too, of
poor little  Chips.      A good deal of unconscious reve-
lation upon the relations between the two men is
shown by Mort s designating Wells, after his usual
habit of nick-naming his intimates,  Jane.   Wells
can sew, mend rents in coats, affix missing
buttons &c, like any woman.     He writes poetry
too, serious, said to be good, has appeared in
the Knickerbocker.   A gentle, quiet, grave kindly
fellow, only lacking strong virility.   Dozes a
good deal of evenings.     This sort of nature may,
when hit hard in early life by Cupid s arrow,
 creep like a hurt fool into sedges .  Stronger
men, though their lives may be ever after affected
by it, certain phrases of character being more
developed than would have been had Bonnibell
proved accessible   do get over it.   Marry! its
no more eternal than a black eye   only the
cure takes years instead of days.        I think I
loved Mary Bilton as irrationally as a boy might
  even now, as I write, there s an odd pang comes
across me as I think of that lovely English
face, ah! me, I wonder how it looks now at
thirty-five or six!)   but I don t mope about
it         And I know Hannah has the deeper nature.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes Edward Welles.
Date:1859-06-24
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
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.