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	Reminiscences of Whitelaw.
possible, but his spleen rendered him, at
times, insufferable.    I fancy it grew out of
physical suffering from that same syphilitic
rheumatism which Boutcher wrote to me about,
as communicated by an acquaintance of White-
law s.          He must have tried a free life in
London, which I, in my innocent young man
days, never suspected.   I remember a complain-
ing sort of woman who used to visit him in
his Tirchfield street lodgings, and who called
him by his Christian name of  Matthew.    He
never volunteered any information about her;
nor did I ask him.           When she called, he d
sometimes send me out, getting me to come a-
gain in half an hour.           He was then an
infidel of the Robert Owen and John Street
hall order and something of a Socialist; but
I think years modified his opinions considera-
bly.    Through him I saw a good deal of those
men, such as are half-told in Alton Locke,
unlovely sceptics and reformers, of London
Londonish.        Whitelaw grew out of them in
part.       He might have achieved much, but
could never have been other than an irritable,
fretting man.      But, thinking of our talks in
my architectural pupilage and an occasional
raid to Hampstead, I regret his death.       Just
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page fourteen
Description:Regarding the death of Matthew Whitelaw.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):London, [England]
Coverage (Street):John Street
Scan Date:2010-04-26


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.