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pandering to any feeling that might be sup-
posed agreeable to the worst prejudices of Ameri-
can character.       He had once been connected with
the  Life in Boston,  a dirty flesh paper.     I 
should not suppose him to have been a man of
reading or education, or particular belief in any-
thing; though he had an unquestionably ready pen,
and perhaps more talent that the average of his
class.     They speak of him as a good enough
fellow; say he loved petit soupers, breakfast
and the like and accelerated his death by in-
judicious indulgence in them, as in disobeying his
doctor by using chloroform.     He went to Pfaffs
occasionally, being received as rather a great gun
amongst Bohemians; though he was hardly a
frequenter of their haunt.       His plays, when ori-
ginal, were slangy trash;  Young New York 
would never have been acted twice to other than
the easily-satisfied audiences of this metropolis.
A good many of his intimates and acquaintances
showed at his funeral to-day, as Seymour,
Clapp, Stuart, George Arnold,  Ada Clare  and
others.   The last did melodrama over his coffin,
throwing her arms up and embracing it.   The men
drank brandy and water afterwards.       They ll
all improve the occasion in the  Leader  or other
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Regarding the death of Edward Wilkins.
Date:1861-05-06
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clare, Ada; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Leader.; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Stuart; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.