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	A blatant Patriot.
English was proclaiming his pro-slavery senti-
ments, d__ning the  Tribune  and declaring his
readiness to assist in hanging Dana.           Smith,
though a democrat, showed well in his real regard
for and regret about the dissolution of the Union.
His honesty of conviction contrasts signifi-
cantly with the interested mock-patriotism of his
partner, Briggs, who once a sneakish Republican,
prone to assailing the  Tribune  anonymously (though
he took its money), is now rampant for bloody
war on the South and can find no abuse strong
enough for men who, though they have a bad cause,
entertain a higher sense of honor than he can
dream of.   Indeed the blotch-faced old hack
wants a berth, and bellows partisanship in con-
sequence.   I wish such as he and Stedman were
obliged to demonstrate their anti-Southern cackle
in face of a few Carolinian rifles, levelled
by such lads as honest Dan Miller s company!
There are no bigger curs extant than these
venal traders.               Met Picton who talk-
ed abuse of the Irish.      Up-town.    Writing all
the rest of the day, till midnight and later;
principally the last twenty-six pages.
  16.  Tuesday.   A drenching day.  Men at
work mending a huge fall of plastering in the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred
Description:Regarding a talk about the Civil War with Thomas Dunn English and reporter Smith.
Date:1861-04-15
Subject:Briggs, Charles F.; Civil War; Dana, Charles A.; English, Thomas Dunn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Military; Miller, Dan; New York tribune.; Picton, Thomas; Secession; Slavery; Smith, James L.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence
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.