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	Wilkins of the  Herald. 

[newspaper clipping]
  by Herself.  Edited by L. MARIA CHILD.  12mo. pp. 303.
  Boston:  Published for the Author.
		The author is a native of
North Carolina; she was born in bondage, from
which she made her escape at the age of twenty-
seven; and for eighteen years has lived in the
family of an eminent literary man in the vicinity
of New-York, from whose wife she bears the
highest testimonials to her capacity and moral
worth.  The volume has been written at the
odd hours which could be snatched from house-
hold duties, and is now published with the
 earnest desire of arousing the women of the
North to a sense of the condition of two millions
of women at the South still in bondage. 

[Gunn s diary continued]
		The author of this
		book (reviewed in to-day s
		 Tribune ) is the mother
		of handsome Louisa Ja-
		cobs, once an inmate
		of the house of Fanny
		Fern.  She figures in
		that woman s execrable
novel of  Ruth Hall  as the attached negro
 Gatty.    N. P. Willis is, of course, the  eminent
literary man. 
  6.  Monday.   A ceaselessly rainy, stormy
day, with fierce wind, which increased at night.
In doors, writing, all day, Cahill with me du-
ring the morning and intermittently during the af-
ternoon.           Wilkins of the  Herald,  who died
yesterday, was buried or rather had funeral
service performed over his body to-day.  I met
him once, at Clapp s, when O Brien toadied him
a good deal, and I was familiar enough with his
writings and intimates.     His  Saturday Press  and
 Leader  feulletons (as they were affectedly entitled)
were very shrewd and clever, though in palpable
imitation of the French mocking spirit; his  Herald 
editorials as unscrupulous and often as base as
anything in that abominable paper; pimping and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Mentions the death of Edward Wilkins and the publication of Harriet Jacobs's ''Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.''
Subject:African Americans; Books and reading; Cahill, Frank; Child, Lydia Maria; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Harriet A.; Jacobs, Louisa; Leader.; New York herald.; New York tribune.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Saturday press.; Slavery; Slaves; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.; Willis, Nathaniel Parker; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07


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.