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              The American Tennyson !
is apt to contradict to express himself too in-
cisively not to, create enemies.    He dislikes
the Clapp clique, talks curt condemnation
of Doestickism and has pitched into Fanny
Fern in print, being provoked to it by a bit
of her literary smut.x   This when he edited a
country newspaper; of course she responded.
He had a project during the John Brown row
of seizing Governor Wise of Virginia and bringing
him secretly to New York, confining him in
a cellar and holding his life as a hostage for
the safety of Osawattomie s.     Stedman s
ballad on the subject of Brown s raid is a 
very fine one; it brought him eulogism from
Elizabeth Barret Browning at Florence.   She
knows his parents, he says.    In the after-
noon Boweryem and I went to Sugar Loaf
hill, an elevation commanding a good view
of the adjoining country.     There we lay in the
wind and sunshine for two good hours.         Re-
turn to the house and more loafing.           Bow-
eryem had talked a good deal in Bleecker
street about a  Pair of Beautiful Eyes  that
were visible at the  Phalanx,  telling Morris
(who was to have been of our party, but didn t
turn up in time) that he must not make love
to them under peril of assassination.   As we
	x Being himself a seducer, adulterer and libertine.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Date:1860-05-20
Subject:Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Brown, John; Browning, Elizabeth Barrett; Bucklin, Mary; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Poetry; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Wise, Henry A.
Coverage (City/State):[New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
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.