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	     Bellew s Characteristics.
good-breeding about him, which contrasts strongly
with us, whose manners get knocked awry
by circumstance and atrocious surroundings.  Ah
me!  it would be a delicious thing to be a Gentle-
man!    That Bellew is in deportment, in gen-
eral deference to the feelings of others, in cour-
tesy and kindness.    Whether from natural amia-
bility, from shrewdness, inculcating a well-judged
conviction that it s unwise to throw stones when
you too live in a house with a good deal of 
glass in it   and a repugnance to recognize
any sharply defined rule of right, he scarcely
ever condemns anybody or anything.   I believe
it to combine all the fore-going, but that the lat-
ter feeling exists I m sure.         He prefers Dickens
to Thackery, indeed dislikes the latter.          Bel-
lew has all the demi-virtues   liberality   gene-
rosity   in excess.   I suppose he has helped
innumerable fellows pecuniarily, from North
and O Brien to Cahill, especially the second-
named, not being very particular about repay-
ment, though he has commented to me about
O Brien s loose way of regarding debts of honor.
Understanding him thoroughly, Bellew is, in
conduct, always most lenient to him.          I
believe Bellew to be an Irishman, though he
always professes English parentage, saying
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Describes Frank Bellew.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Books and reading; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James
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.