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[newspaper clipping]
Joseph A. Scoville, Alias  Harmony,  the
  New York Correspondent of the Mobile
  Register.		[handwritten by Gunn:] an old acquaintance.
  A brother of the undersigned having recently arrived
from Mobile, where we do business together as merchants,
informs me that he has obtained information of the most
unquestionable character, that the notorious Joseph A. Sco-
ville is the author of the scurrillous and libellous letters
written to the Mobile Register over the signature of
  This knowledge he first obtained in Mobile, and on his
way north he stopped for a few days at Charleston, where
he received additional knowledge of the fact, which effect-
tually removed all doubts on the subject.
  Since my brother s arrival in this city we have taken
some trouble to find out who this scribbling scapegrace
is, because in some of his letters, written in the  Steve
Branch  choice style of literature, he thought proper to
coin slanderous libels upon some of our relatives.
  Our investigations have led to the discovery that  Har-
mony  is Joseph A. Scoville, who resides with John Y.
Savage, No. 7 Varick street, and who is a watchmaker,
doing business at 92 Fulton street.
  From all we can learn Scoville is a man of low
and sottish instincts and habits, with a sort of shallow tact for
scribbling, in the  Branch  style of composition.  I have
read his Munchausen epistles, and have marked the false-
hoods he told about the HERALD, its editor, and of other
persons connected with it.  I feel sure that wherever
such a man is known that nothing he could say would
have the slightest influence.  It is only on account of those
at a distance, who do not know him, which induces me to
notice one who is unworthy even of a decent personal
  My brother states that in Mobile it was a subject of re-
mark that Major Forsyth, ex-Minister to Mexico, and the
son of the late Hon. John Forsyth, and now proprietor
and editor of the Register, should publish such false and
abominable trash as that supplied by Scoville.
  The Register, by its opposition to the administration and
to a large majority of the democratic party of Alabama,
has lost caste, and, though the oldest paper in the city, it
is falling in the rear, while the Advertiser and Mercury are
going ahead.  My brother states that the people at the
South want no directions from abolition and black repub-
lican organs at the North, of the Tribune and Times stripe,
to show them what papers and persons at the North are
their best friends.  He says, large as the circulation of the
HERALD was at the South, it has greatly increased since
the John Brown invasion.
  To enable you to verify all I have stated, I leave the
name and address of my brother and of myself with you,
while I subscribe myself a Mobilian, resident in New
York, as				A MERCHANT.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page twenty-five
Description:Newspaper clipping outing Joseph Scoville as the New York correspondent ''Harmony'' for the ''Mobile Register.''
Subject:Civil War; Forsyth, John; Forsyth, Major; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mobile register.; New York herald.; Publishers and publishing; Savage, John Y.; Scoville, Joe
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Mobile, Alabama
Coverage (Street):7 Varick Street; 92 Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.