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the spawn of Tophet and Gehenna would be damned. Brimstone throughout,
applied in the fanatic manner.     Then a letter from Henry Ward Beecher
grave, eloquent and gentleman-like, preserving his style, and using his phrases
in his written lectures, as nearly as I could recollect them, stating that
his attention to the subject had been requested by members of his congregation. That
if Gleason had, as he could scarcely conceive possible, published the Sonnet through in
advertence, doubtless his feelings must be sufficient punishment, but if not &c
This I wrote.  Then Barth did one from Kate Hastings, the courtesan,
complimentary, affectionatly roundful to Ballon (!!) and intimating a wish to
subscribe to his paper.     Then another frome Jerome de St Cyr, young French
artist, (which was exquisitely turned into French by Buchman).  This compliment-
ed Gleason in a very French manner, on the publication of the sonnet, and stated
that the writer of the letter was an Artist, who had found no one as yet bold
enough to publish drawings in his possession, illustrative of Ovid, Petronius Arbiter,
Catullus & the superb Faublas of his talented compatriot Lauvet.  That if
Gleason did not wish to publish them he would find difficulty in refusing to pur
chase them  for his private cabinet .     That he, Jerome de St Cyr would
visit M Gleasons private residene shortly &c.           /           Scribbling & con
verse all day.   Creecy in the plot.         A certain fellow soldier of Barths,
Galway born, who had deserted in Mexico, after the war arrived.   He had
travelled round the word from the Pacific sailing castwards, China, Borneo,
England, Galway, now New York and purpoted re-enlistment. Yarns thereof.
  29. Monday.   Wrote lengthily to Dillon Mapother, & fresh scribbling.
Dined & to New York with Barth.  To Holmes, to Traveller Office &c.  Parted
with Barth at Broadway, and matagrabolized,  to Greene Street.   Saw the
handsome Philadelphia widow, learnt terms for board $6, attic, told her
would nt do, promised at her request to call on the morrow.  Mrs Kidder
was up stairs  but I did nt see her.   To Mulberry Street, then till 7 or so
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Describes a letter-writing hoax he and William Barth played on Gleason as revenge for Gleason not paying for Gunn's drawing.
Date:1851-09-28
Subject:Barth, William; Beecher, Henry Ward; Boardinghouses; Beukman; Creecey; Gleason; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hastings, Kate; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mapother, Dillon; Military; Pennoyer, Mrs.; Practical jokes; Publishers and publishing; Snow; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Greene Street; Mulberry Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.