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	    His Personal Appearance.
To-bed thoroughly tired out.
  I have often intended devoting a page or two
to Bellew, involving a brief sum-up of what I 
know of him, and here s to do it.          First, he
is a handsome fellow, six feet high, I should
suppose, and powerfully built   a Sail among
artists.    Ten years ago his figure was rather
elegant, in spite of his large feet and hands, 
which he has caricatured time and again; now
he looks a manly, gentlemanly fellow, with a
good deal of latent pugilistic ability in him,
as is the case.      He has but little whisker and
his hair has grown thinnish at the top of his head;
his aspect is ordinarily serious, his nostril pecu-
liar, rising obliquely and larger than common.
He dresses, in general, very plainly and is apt
to be careless with respect to his boots; I never
knew him to indulge in the dandyism of patent
leathers or to appear in any brightly-polished
pedal encasements.   He is reserved in manner,
so much so that to a sanguine person, like my-
self, it sometimes operates as a check.  At the
outset and for some years, I detested him
heartily and he returned the compliment.  In
demeanor I never knew a truer gentleman or
indeed any one who would bear comparison
with him.     There s a spice of aristocracy and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Describes Frank Bellew.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.