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	Whitelaw dead!
knew, so I enquired about him, and learnt
that he died in New York, a year or more ago!
Being out fishing, near Hell Gate, he accidental-
ly fell into the water and was nearly drown-
ed, catching such a cold from it that he never
recovered.   Gibson spoke highly of his abilities,
as well he might, and told me of Whitelaw s
secession from him, to Williams and Stevens,
whom he (Whitelaw) undertook to initiate into
his (Gibson s) business, getting men away
from him &c.    I had heard Whitelaw s version,
at the time.              I m sorry he is dead, for
old acquaintance  sake.         He had marvellous
power with his pencil, and proportionate conceit
of it.       He was the Scotchiest of men in man-
ners, the most suspicious, and at times the
most arbitrary and ill-conditioned.    He pos-
sessed immense capacity for fretting and say-
ing irritating things; socially he inclined to
arbitrariness.       With his rough head of light,
unkempt, indefinite-colored hair, standing
in every direction, his queer, shrewd, ugly
Scotch face, his strong accent and manner,
how familiar his image was once to me  
and here am I, unexpectedly writing his hasty
obituary!    I liked him a good deal once,
might have continued to do so, had it been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page thirteen
Description:Regarding the death of Matthew Whitelaw.
Date:1860-09-29
Subject:Fishing; Gibson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.