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	                Obituary
    	 EDWARD G. P. WILKINS.
  It is our painful duty to record the death of our friend
and associate, Mr. EDWARD G. P. WILKINS.  He had been
suffering for some days from an attack of pneumonia; he
breathed his last shortly after midnight yesterday (Sun-
day) morning.
  Mr. Wilkins was born at Boston, Mass., on the 11th
November, 1829, and was, consequently, in his thirty-
second year at the time of his death.  After leaving
school he learned the trade of a printer, but at an early
age abandoned the typestick for the pen.  He
connected himself with the Boston Times, and
subsequently contributed to other Boston journals.
About eight years ago he came to this city and joined
the editorial staff of the HERALD; the connection lasted
till his death.  His especial department on this paper
was that of theatrical and musical critic, and most ably
he filled it.  But he was also a copious contributor of ar-
ticles to the editorial page.  His versatility was such
that there were few topics upon which he could not write
fluently, forcibly and suggestively.  Gifted with a fine
sense of humor and a keen appreciation of ridicule, he had
few rivals as a sarcastic writer; but he never allowed
his humor to transgress the bounds of good breeding or
good taste, and never intentionally wounded any man s 
feelings.  Besides his contributions to the HERALD, Mr.
Wilkins wrote for one or more weekly papers, and corre-
sponded for the London Morning Chronicle, and a New
Orleans daily.  He was the author of several plays, among
which the most popular were  Young New York,  which
was very successful a year or two since at Laura Keene s
and  Henriette,  which has just proved equally success-
ful at Wallack s.  Had he lived these plays justify the
belief that he would have won a high rank among dra-
matic authors.
  In Mr. Wilkins  death, we, and his very large circle of
acquaintance, lose a warm hearted friend, a sterling gen-
tleman, a delightful companion and an able man.
Though he filled a post which naturally exposed him to
make enemies, it is not known that he had one.  Though
he possessed those literary gifts which are thoughtlessly
supposed by many to excuse irregular and indolent
habits, he was always a severe worker, correct in every
relation of life, exact in the fulfillment of every obligation,
an affectionate and generous brother, and thoughtful,
kind and liberal to all who had claims on him.  In strik-
ing him down, Death had cut short a brilliant and pro-
missing career, and has planted sorrow in many a heart.
  The funeral services will be performed at noon to day,
at St. Thomas  church, corner of Broadway and Houston
street.  The remains of Mr. Wilkins will be conveyed to
Boston.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Newspaper clipping of obituary of Edward Wilkins.
Subject:Boston times.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keene, Laura; Journalism; New York herald.; Obituaries; Theater; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, Massachusetts
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Houston Street
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.