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ried to the door and pitched into the street!
  18.  Monday.  Chores, writing, etc. [Phonography].  Out in
the afternoon.     Drawing and writing at night.
  19.  Tuesday.  In doors, mostly drawing on wood
all the dull day till evening; then to 16th Street where
I found Haney, Parton and Nast.  A long controversy
with the second on Napoleon 1, he inclining to the Ameri-
can estimate of the great enemy of England, that of sym-
pathy and admiration, I to detestation of the callous heart-
ed despot who used all his wealth of endowment to further
only selfish ends.     Jim thought him  rather excething in
sympathy and love,  words which sound like a hideous
joke in my ear.                I can see well enough how this ten-
dency to hero-worship affects a man s judgment and
am not going to take up with the atheistic admiration
of unscrupulous success inherent in American character.
 The spirit in which we act is the higest man.   Not
the bloody Corsican but the grand old Duke who acted
out his idea of Duty, if we must have military heroes.
  20.  Wednesday.  Drawing on wood.  Down town by
noon.   To F. Leslie s, Pic, Post and Nic-nax Offices,
at the last of which I sold two drawings and found Ca-
hill.     Up town.   Mrs Jewell on a visit to her daughter.
Drawing.     Cahill up in the evening,  things pretty
d ____d bad   with him as he phrases it.   He smoked,
I drew, we talked.   Details and fillings-in particu-
lars anent Fanny and the Thomsons.    Mort, thinks
Cahill, sees through Fanny as distinctly as we who
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty-one
Description:Describes a conversation with James Parton about Napoleon.
Date:1859-07-17
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Jewell, Mrs.; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
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.