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came home with me, and couched on the floor, my bed not being large enow to
hold two.
  5. Friday. Mason off.     Reading Pendennis all day.   Made a call
at Holmes in the afternoon.     Poor old Gleason just out of the Tombs, having
been there for five days, for a muss with policeman. He describes it as a 
horrible place.
  6. Saturday.   Finished the perusal of  Pendennis .   Warrington you have
but little of in the book, but what there is, is exquisite. He is the noblest crea-
ture Thackeray has essayed to pourtray.   Yet is he quite right in giving Laura
to the far inferior Pendennis:   such is the case in the world.   Thackeray is an
earnest man, and has struck out a new path in literature.   All his anatomiza-
tions and  vanitas vanitatem  of it teach abhorence of falsity and inculcate earnest
resolve of being truthful, is to a great end.   Who years ago would have thought
that Michael Angeles Fitmarsh had such stuff in him?          Evening, after writing
all day, to Broadway.   Found Miss Jane Gibson all alone, Mrs K, & Lotty being
at the theatre. Sate half an hour, when Mason coming, I left.
  7. Sunday.  To Governors Island at noon.   With Barth & Creecey after-
noon & evening.   A pleasant solitary stroll by the sea side, at the old place.
How gloriously did the waves come splashing and singing and leaping in on the
sand, one behind another, on and on in mad excitement. The sea is
never ignoble & I love it.   And above the broad silvery moon; that moon
that Shakspeare glanced at out of his casement when he writ of Lorenzo and
Jessica; that Homer describes so exquisitely, that Dante saw rising over
the savage forest and mountain when pur crossed by the three fell beasts.  What
an infinitude of human beings have gazed upwards at its calm, tranquil disc,
Alexander reeling from mad revel out on some palace rampant of subdugated Asia,
[Outary?] from the hot wassail with Egypts widow.  /               Bitten by mus
quitos to a very intensity of pain during the night.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Comments on Thackeray's novel ''Pendennis.''
Date:1851-09-04
Subject:Barth, William; Books and reading; Creecey; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gleason; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Mrs.; Mason; Police; Prisons; Thackeray, William Makepeace
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.