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               Meanness of the Harpers.
him up.       To the  Illustrated News  office, saw
Leggitt, Read and Waud, Nast and Eytinge
were in the aquarium, so I didn t go in.  Thence
to Harpers, saw  the Mayor,  and Colonel, and
broached Bob Gun s matter, with indifferent re-
sults.         The heads of this great house are singu-
larly ugly, common-faced men, excellent types of
their class.   They are courteous to people, some of
them semi-jocular, and the Mayor loves a smutty
story; he once told Bellew he was  always ready
for a  x  x  x  x  or a fight!     Withal they do the
religious, and the  unco guid,  who yet know their
rapacity and worldliness, like to acknowledge the
great firm as of them; to cover up their errors
&c.    I think they re not illiberal in small things
  it always pays   but in their domestic economies,
they re  as mean as dog-pie,  as Haney once re-
marked, and as tradesfolks who have dealings
with them, have occasion to know.   I remember
Mrs. Edwards telling me of the wife of one of
them; of her ways; her sending back dresses
which had been worn by her children, to be chang-
ed &c., and of two-penny ha penny botherations
incidental to disbursing payment.             To the
 Courier  Office, found Smith and Dunn English,
both talking North and South and Civil War.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page ninety-eight
Description:Comments on the Harper family of Harper and Brothers.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Edwards, Sarah; English, Thomas Dunn; Eytinge, Solomon; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Leggat; Nast, Thomas; Sunday courier.; New York illustrated news.; Publishers and publishing; Reed; Smith, James L.; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01


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.