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An Apology. In our paper of the 2d we had occasion to rebuke the ill-
mannered style of a critique in the Tribune, and as a proof of the justness of
our strictures, we gave this sentence from the offending article:   Mr Levere
and Mr. Hodges (the latter with the inevitable lock of hair sticking down over
one eye, which makes him look like an insane jackass with his mane out of
place) were acceptable.   In copying the above, through some inadvertence, the
last part of the paragraph was made to read  an insane donkey with his mane
gone mad.   Although we think that we rather softened the rudeness of the
expression by our unintentional mistake, yet we have great pleasure in restor-
ing the paragraph to its original coarseness, and expressing our regret that
even so slight a verbal inaccuracy should have occurred in our paper.  While
we cheerfully make this amende honorable, we think it a duty the proprietor of
the paper owes another to inform the proprietors of the Tribune that the
young gentleman they sent to complain of the misquotation, and who claimed
to be the dramatic critic of the Tribune, behaved in a manner and indulged in
language which we are well assured they would never approve of.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty-two
Description:Newspaper clipping giving an apology for a misquotation.
Subject:Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York tribune.; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.