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      Old Charles dead.   Powell snubbed.
answered in the affirmative.     To the  Evening
Post  office; Godwin still absent; saw Nord-
hoff and Whitely of Hoboken, whom I used to
know some years back.       He told me that old
Charles died twelve months ago; that previously
he (Charles) had experienced an awful exposure
and shaming, in a court of justice, about certain
log-rolling, jobbing, political corruptions into,
which the once owner of the  Reveille  had been be-
trayed.     Whitely attributed his death to this wret-
ched business.         He had, too, the usual stories
to tell about old Powell, involving borrowing, spong-
ing, dodging and lying, both at his (Whitely s)
own expense and that of his friends, into whose
acquaintance Powell contrived to hook himself.
Tired, at length, of lending the old dodger money;
of presenting orders on Frank Leslie for payment,
which were denied by Wood and others, Whitely
told Powell his sentiments on board on Hoboken
ferry-boat, when the elderly shyster assumed the
bully and   disappeared into the water-closet, re-
maining there while Whitely was on board!   All
Powells stories about Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth
and others, Whitely listened to, as to an acknow-
led and privileged liar.       Whitely is a justice of,
the peace, paints pictures, edits a little Hoboken
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and four
Description:Regarding Whitely's stories about Charles and Powell.
Date:1861-05-27
Subject:Charles; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunt, Leigh; Leslie, Frank; Nordhoff; Powell, Thomas; Whitely; Wordsworth, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

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.