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for his dinner, and left marginal notes to an  animal  back on his native country
Ireland in which he denounced Leith Ritchie as  a liar , a  mean man  & the
like whenever he penned anything not eulogistic. ^|But it also appears from Testimony 
of Brooks and Fagan, defunct Paterson was sometimes drunk for a fortnight 
together. Verily the Evil that men do lives utter them.|  White s a good fellow & sensible.
Robinsons a red headed & brusque, abrupt-speaking dry-goods man   a good business
man I suppose.   Keating s an information-sprinkled snob.     Fagan [words crossed out]
[words crossed out] says  warnish  for varnish.     For the others I see little of them.
     How I should be hated if folks knew what I scored down in this book about
 em!  And yet in Heaven s name were all to avow what they really thought of those
they meet in daily life, how surprised each other-body would be to find that he
had been put in scales, as well as a weigher himself.     The world would never tol-
erate truth however in daily inter course; besides t would be unpleasant,   we d
all look like devils to one another!       And any unfortunate Diarist who was
detected in surreptiously swigging at the waters from Truths well   ([words crossed 
out])
would be universally ostracised.  Everybody would have an interest in stoning him.
A dangerous varlet to go about with torch, lighting up foul corners and dirty
holes in the souls of good folks.     Faith were no not content to take the
conventional-masks bestowed on mankind for the real faces, each twenty four
hours would be a crusade, or a day in the pillary.     /       Let me
see now, amongst those who will come in mind at present, what would be the
result of their knowing my thoughts and scribblings about em.    [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].   Barth wouldn t ^|hate me|, though his vanity would be touched. 
But he
has a warm heart & quick feelings.   Alf Waud would think kindly of me.
I would he could feel the friendship for me I could for him.  I admire him,
he s such a manly fellow.   Dear friends should we have been had he known
me earlier.       Charley Brown   poch!  He s be astonished;   perhaps chuckle
to think he had [unclear word] me into a false estimate of his character.  But he d
be wild at knowing the talk held of him in his absence.   Boutcher s shrewd-
ness would mark the contradictions and swayings to and fro of my narration.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Comments on his habit of judging people in his diary.
Date:1851-07-18
Subject:Barth, William; Boutcher, William; Brooks; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fagan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keating; Paterson; Ritchie, Leith; Robinson; Waud, Alfred; White
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.