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[newspaper clipping]
   Col. Forbes of the Harper s Ferry  disclosures 
notoriety, quitted New-York for Liverpool in the early
part of November last.  He left in the ship John Bright,
under an assumed name, wearing a false beard and
mustache, and otherwise disguised, and gave out that
he was going to Canada.  His assigned reasons for re
crossing the Atlantic were, first, an apprehension that
he might receive a not-to-be disputed requisition for his
presence in Washington; second, that his personal
safety and even existence, was endangered by the
enmity and apprehension of the persons implicated by
his  disclosures;  third, a disgust for all  humanita-
rians,  and Yankees.  He proposes remaining in Lon-
don, there to await an opportunity for resuming his for-
mer avocation of amateur Italian patriot and revolu-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seventy-eight
Description:Newspaper clipping describing the departure of Colonel Forbes for London after his involvement in the incident at Harper's Ferry.
Subject:Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.