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             Disparagement of Nast.
Italy made a pet of him and called him the
fat boy (after him in  Pickwick ) and Peard
has written to him, in America.    Such an
ignorant little cub, too!         I heard him talk-
ing about you to Sol; he said you had 
told somebody you had tried to be civil to him,
but found he had nothing in him, so you were
thrown upon your own resources, which I
thought devilishly true.    (Evidently a perversion
of last Sunday night s incident; Alf hadn t
heard it correctly   I didn t set him right.)
I said Tommy had behaved with gratuitous
insolence enough towards me to have inspired
we me with a strong temptation towards kick-
ing his fat backside, but for the place where
it occurred; and was confirmed in my idea
that Nast is Sol s pupil in his behavior, as
in his craft.    He s a mean little beggar, 
I said, catching the tone of Alf s man-
ner   it does one good to abuse a fellow you
don t like, you feel better afterwards.
 Yes,  said Waud,  though he did go to the
expense of paying $33 for a diamond-
ring to give to that girl he is fond of.  I
hear all about that, too, though they do
make such a dreadful mystery about it. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page eighty-seven
Description:Describe a conversation with Alfred Waud about Thomas Nast.
Date:1861-04-13
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Peard, John Whitehead; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

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.