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	 One of Dickens  Errors.
He exhibited occasional prejudice and narrowminded-
ness in his estimate of people and, like all dwellers
in a limited social sphere, talked of small matters
with a redundency and particularity of detail utterly
disproportionate to their importance.     So much of
the drawbacks on the character of the my most hos-
pitable host, the hearty Warwickshire yeoman, which
I put down for quarry purposes.         I am persuaded
that Dickens is wrong in attributing so much refine-
ment and delicacy of feeling to his humbler characters.
In life Joe Gargery would not have had the magnan-
imity to have remained perfectly uncomplaining under
Pip s ingratitude; to have relieved him with such
generosity and delicacy; to have found a Christian
apology for Pumblechook.     He might have done
all the goodness put down to him; but the narrow-
mindedness, inevitable in his position in life, would
have rendered it impossible to be manifested in
such a fashion.        Dickens always falls too much
in love with his good, eccentric, humble characters to
ma humanize them with a few faults.    Thackeray s
Little Sister in  Philip  is the truth.            With
William Tew to the island for nets, then with him,
them and boy Willy to Conworth s.    After tea to
Simpson s dam, the four of us, trying for crawfish, with but
little success.   Returned by about 9.
  4.  Wednesday.   In doors, reading, writing and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Gives commentary on the character of Joe Gargery in ''Great Expectations.''
Date:1861-09-03
Subject:Books and reading; Conworth, John; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Simpson (Canada); Tew, William; Tew, Willy
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

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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.