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       Boweryem s Vanity and  Cockiness. 
own  poems  and Shepherd s in the same breath.
  Like everybody who knows Boweryem, Shep-
herd has his special experience of the little man s
vanity.   When I was in Charleston and Bowery-
em moved into the two little rooms recently oc-
cupied by Shepherd, he told him confidential-
ly, with an air of extreme importance, that he
expected soon to remove to a suite of handsome-
ly-furnished apartments, as his income would
soon be $50 or more an a week.  He has an-
nounced his coming fortune to me, at least a
score of times; once he said he shol should have
his hair dressed every morning in consequence!
If he got an order for an advertisement;
the advertiser intimating that he might continue
it for a year or so, Boweryem came home 
and told you he had just made $500! 
when, perhaps, the man proved a defaulter
for the very first insertion!         I m afraid he
wouldn t show any better than the rest of us,
in prosperity; he is dictatorial and even tyran-
nous to dependents.  Indeed he must always
be playing first-fiddle: he is nothing, if not 
asserting his own importance.    It renders him
extremely provoking at times, as if not check-
ed he s apt to ride his hobby over the limits
of other s independence; in short to be guilty
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page twenty-two
Description:Regarding N.G. Shepherd's opinion of George Boweryem.
Date:1861-06-21
Subject:Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.