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with him.   He  loses life, the poor mob get off with being scared.   I think
it as fair to say that Shakspere justifies Macbeth as Coriolanus.
  17 & 18.  Tuesday & Wednesday.  At the Castle, drawing.  Forrest came, once.
Evening drawing on wood as should not have been.   Found an old two volumed
Peter Wilkins, and re-read it.   Clever, yet save Gulliver & Crusoe,
no such books have reality as manifested by Swift & Defoe.
  19. Thursday.  As before.   Evening drawing & reading, for the first time
Scotts Lord of the Isles.  Not such interest of story or character as is manifest in
other of Scotts poems.  It is more of a topographical poem than ought else.  And I
cannot but think he might have made more of the Bruce;   he s not Scotch
enough.  He ought not to bear testimony to Edward s character, or to talk com-
plimentary of England after Bannock born.    There s more of the true spirit of
the Bruce in Burns  Scot s wha hae  than in all the Lord of the Isles.   Yet
the poem has beautiful passages.
  20. Friday.  The Castle, as before.    While sitting, during the earlier part 
of the morning, a posse of girls appear on the ploughed field, in defiance of pro-
hibiting notice.  Rambling up to the building they spy me, and come to a 
halt & consultation; and presently one comes to the window & asks if I 
have  any objection  to their going round it.  I tell em I haven t, and they
do.     Anon they, by the same spokeswoman, (she had a pleasant face) ask
to see the inside:  We re Captain Chase s daughters, and live at Yonkers, 
say they.  So I, after a little hesitation, in defiance of the exclusiveness of the
mighty Edwin, let  em in, and with strict caution not to peep out of the 
windows landwards they go over the building; and then, after a little chat depart
well pleased.        After dinner, to the rock fronting the Castle, on the opposite
side of the Railroad, and there making a sketch of the place.  While
doing it, Forrest and some companions, ladies & masculines appeared on the
summit & presently he put up the flag.  /   A bathe in the Hudson, then
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Comments on Scott's ''Lord of the Isles.''
Date:1851-06-16
Subject:Books and reading; Drawing; Fonthill Castle (Riverdale, N.Y.); Forrest, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Riverdale, New York]; Yonkers, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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.