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             My Recollection of Him.
Cahill ran up-stairs, and the others followed.
They found him lying on the landing-place dead.
Cahill put his ear to Welden s breast and
his lips, but his heart had stopped beating and 
he breathed no more.    They lifted him up, carried
him into his chamber, searched his pockets, find-
ing in them only some pawn-tickets and a bottle
of laudanum.       And so died poor Welden,
a man I liked very much, once; who was once
kind and friendly to me   God be merciful to
him and receive his poor, weak soul!  In
intention   to employ a miserable phrase, which
taken literally involves a lie and an impossibility
  he was nobody s enemy but his own.     How well
I remember him, as he appeared when I first made
his acquaintance in Strong s shop; he was then
editor of the Illustrated paper there published;
wore a full, dark beard and looked well.          A
story of mine had been submitted to him, which
he commended, saying that he had advised Strong
to use  if he could afford to pay for it.       It
didn t go in, but we were friends thence forth.   He
lent me Tennyson and the Brownings, some of
Carlyle s books that I had never read, and others
both of prose and poetry.   We visited each other,
of which there s record enough in preceding volumes
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Gives his recollections of Charles Welden.
Date:1861-05-18
Subject:Books and reading; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Strong, Thomas; Welden, Charles
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.