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14. Tuesday.  In-doors all day, drawing head-gear, Waud with me.
He sulkily splenetic of late, the which, must be treated homeopathically.  I like him
right well, have spoken to him of this treason to social intercourse, but rather hath
it tended to increase, that decrease it.  He, may be, thinks it undignified to show
good-humer constantly.   Well   bitter blood must work its own cure.   As Love
and Friendship shall ever stand on equal pedestals, I cannot descend to say
 be good-humored, for I can t be easy if you aint!      /       Mr Hart called
and  sate for an hour with us in the morning,  and Dillon for two or more in 
the evening.       Had one pleasant half hour with Waud   on the wharf, watch-
ing the sunset.
  15. Wednesday. Down town. Called at the Office, and then to Genin s.
Paid for headgear to this date.  Then a call at Mr Richardson s.  Saw both
him and wife, turned over a few portfolios in search of prints with head gear
available, then back to dinner.    Drawing during the remainder of the day,
having obtained another book from Genin.  Turkish Costume.  Waud and
Charley present during the evening, former drawing, latter reading.
    I have during the last two days, read the life of the forger Monroe Edwards.
A keen intellect the fellow had.  Now what a good end is there obtained
by mediocrity.  Had the majority of mankind intellect in a high degree, what
with the jostle of Vanity fair, and desire of making money, morality would
exert but little constraint in preventing crime.   We should have thousands of
Monroe Edwards , and civilization would be worse than the might-makes-right
of savage life.               The great moral of the book is that a man may 
go to heaven with half the pains he takes to compass hell   as Fielding
hath it.             And what a wretched life is a rogues , after all.   Scheming,
planning, disgrace, discomfiture, defeat, feverish success, with wasteful
libertinism alternating.     Honesty is the best policy. (A very rascally proverb
bye the bye, but one that may influence people, more than better ones.)
[written across page:] Wrongly did I judge him thence   He was splenetic but  twas the result of, wrestling with love; sorrow  Let it stand as a memento to me.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page thirty-seven
Description:Comments on Alfred Waud's mood and the forger Monroe Edwards.
Subject:Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Edwards, Monroe; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.