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[newspaper clipping]
  A DOOMED MAN. Since the time when Samp-
son pulled the temple about his ears, in which he
was a prisoner, the act of one man in ruining himself
has not involved so many persons as has the mad-
act of Ossawatamie Brown.  He was a person of
most extensive correspondence and acquaintance,
and everybody who has ever done him a kindness,
or written him a letter, or even been the recipient
of one from him, are implicated with him.  Colonel
Forbes comes in for his share of ruin; and he
seems to rather like it.  He rushes into the news-
papers with eagerness, and is not in the least
alarmed at the prospect of being made particeps
criminis in the Harper s Ferry rebellion.  He has
 peached  on the Repubicans, and they are
down on him.  Greeley is particularly severe upon
the Colonel, even to the extent of questioning his
claim to his military title; and the Evening Post
   We remember this Forbes as an immensely disagree-
able creature, an exaggerated sample of the peculiarities
of his fellow islanders so much so, that we wonder that
anybody could bear to have much to do with him.  He
seems, however, to have been an importunate beggar,
and to have made the most of the distress of his family
in his applications for money.  What he received was
given, we suppose, partly through compassion and part-
ly to get rid of him, for most certainly there was no oc-
casion for the services of such an unpromising agent in
any enterprise whatever. 
  All this may be true; but we only remember
Colonel Forbes as a modest looking man, with a
military style of frock coat, a closely cropped
head, and an independent kind of cap.  He has
followed the business of a fencing-master for some
time back, and we should not judge him to be a
dangerous character.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the involvement of Colonel Forbes in the incident at Harper's Ferry.
Subject:Brown, John; Forbes, Hugh; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; John Brown's Raid, 1859
Coverage (City/State):Harper's Ferry, [West Virginia]
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.