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               His Development
trace a spice of Sol Eytinge s influence in
his pupil s way of regarding me.    Where did
I hear it said that Nast has Jewish blood
in his veins? one of the girls ventilated
it, I think, when Sally demurred at crediting
it.    His hair, nose and physique, his fond-
ness for the opera are not antagonistic to the
idea.      That would instinctively bring Sol
and him together, in sympathy, though I know
Eytinge is ashamed of his stock.            I have
been scrupulously civil to  Tommy,  and want
to continue so, for the chances are in favor
of his having Sally to wife   though it s by
no means a sure thing   and for no other
reason; showing him, however, that I can
keep the whip-hand of him in talk.     He
has come back with his organ of self-esteem
considerably enlarged; his manner of talking
of the work of other artists is evidence of it.
Yet a good deal of this is natural enough,
in a young fellow fresh from one of the
most miserable of revolutions in history.
I d like the little beggar, for Sally s sake,
if he d let me.     Not withstanding which
I turned her laugh on him, which of
course he d like.   When Eliza came in,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page twenty-four
Description:Mentions that he would like to like Thomas Nast for the sake of Sally Edwards.
Date:1861-03-15
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; Nast, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.