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             T other Side of the Burr Row.
along in business, he seems to have had rows with
everybody.   But for this unlucky quality, his persist-
ence and ingenuity ought to have made him rich.
He wants tact dreadfully, in minor as well as
major affairs.    I m bad enough in that respect,
alas! and owe a good deal of my want of luck
to it; but I don t get everybody down upon me,
if I m not universally popular.      Tact is certain-
ly the most valuable quality in conducing to suc-
cess in life; made up, as it is, of presence of mind
and self-assertion: I know this truth well enough
but almost always bungle in putting it into prac-
tice.
  12  Saturday.   Out before breakfast, to mail let-
ter; anon down town, to Harpers.       Saw Bon-
ner   story not read yet.   I don t expect he ll take
it.       Dunn English came up, talked about the
Chauncey Burr row and gave his version of it.
Burr is a friend of his; they sympathize politi-
cally.   English made the affair to be a rowdy in-
terference with Burr; said he had incurred the
enmity of the Websters by  letting on  about  free
love  and 14th street; that the head of the fami-
ly is a policy-lottery dealer; which is true enough
on Boweryem s admission.   English attributed
the  Tribune  account to the Websters.  I fancy little
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Regarding a talk with Thomas Dunn English about the Chauncey Burr row.
Date:1861-05-10
Subject:Bonner, John; Boweryem, George; Burr, Chauncey; English, Thomas Dunn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):14th 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.