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has now been absent nigh a month, and no letter yet.   He pledged
his word to little Mrs Dob that he d remit $3 a week in payment 
of his debt, first week produced a letter requesting postponement.  She wrote
and $3 arrived.   Second week and defaulting again, and no more till
the present.    And the [word crossed out] washerwoman is unpaid.   And Mason s 
unpaid.
And tailor and boot-maker unpaid.   And yet he telegraphed some triviality to
 Lotty  the other day.   And withal he spake privately of me to Alf Waud
as one who was ridiculously-easy in sympathy ^|in| [words crossed out]
[words crossed out] great Annie Ward disappointment.    Maybe, but
he ought not to have said it.         Put together these items bid me jot down
Master Charley Brown as shallow, not to say unwise also.  Well he
doth himself the most wrong as all untrue natures do.
  I ve been reading a tale yclept  Kalodah  by a M. D. Mayo. A
moderate slice of Cooper, more of Murryat, a smell of Robinson Crusoe,
considerable of Gulliver and a big chunk of the Arabian Nights, that s the
material.       A gloriously lively, picturesque book, the hero, a Yankee turned
Bedouin, one a body-snatching medical student.  Bravo Mayo, whomsoever
thou art.  /      Am now studying Carlyle s Latter Day pamphlets.
   Ten thousand a years  a paltry  book after all.    Aubrey, virtuous,
intellectual, religious, Tory snob, for he is a Snob.    And the count about
weeping housemaids and virtuous tenantry, and such exalted friendship and
sympathy always manifest in the  first-born of Egypt,  (unless Whiggish.)
 Why, all the non believers in Right-Divine and Thirty Nine Articles are, in
this party-book fools and villains.      Titmouse is too dreary and disgusting
to be amusing; jolly Dick Swiveller s worth a world full of such.
There are Shark Mud-flints and Dismal Horror s I know,   but the
thing is overdone here altogether.        Thus Conservative overshapping the
Tory calf is as great foolery as the back-written-with-a-purpose hero
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-three
Description:Comments on receiving no letter from Charles Brown.
Date:1851-03-13
Subject:Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Mason; Mayo, William S.; Ward, Annie; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.