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           Wood glories in his Meanness
till 2 or 3 A. M. at his sanctum, on the
dreariest of rainy nights, if you were complai-
sant to his  Wait awhile! I ll be walking
directly.     Very fond of children and dogs,
he boasted that both always were attracted towards
him when he entered a house.        He walked erect,
talked decisively, used better English than is
common among Northern men, employed few if
any colloquial vulgarisms, was extremely proud
of his nativity, had a good self-respecting
estimate of journalism which impressed me,
fresh from the license of New York, agreably.
He reckoned up Frank Wood concisely enough.
That young man did plenty of flashing around
his Bohemianish airs, pluming himself immense-
ly on his position, and talked freely of his
inventive faculties: thus, subsequent to our
night adventure in the Aiken he bragged of
his intending to describe it as though he were an 
eye-witness.  That s New York journalism! 
quoth Carlyle.      I don t think he admired
Wood s familiarity, either.     The young fellow
thought it a fine thing to talk Secession (which
got him distrusted) as also to scoff at any-
thing like patriotism.      Said he to me,
once before Carlyle and others:  I suppose
now if England were invaded by Louis Nap-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred
Description:Comments on Frank Wood.
Date:1860-12-31
Subject:Aiken (Ship); Bohemians; Carlyle; Children; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Secession; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; New York, [New York]; England
Scan Date:2010-04-30

 

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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.