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[Gunn s handwriting]
N. Y. Tribune.

[newspaper clipping]
  OBITUARY. Mr. Henry Neill died in this city on
Thursday evening, after a short-course of typhoid
fever.  He was till within a year a resident of Phil-
adelphia, where he was for some time connected
with The Bulletin and The Evening Journal.
Coming to New-York, he became engaged with THE
TRIBUNE, holding a position upon this paper at the
time of his death.  He was a man uncommonly be-
loved by his friends, and remarkable for his gentle
manners and warm affections.  As a writer he was
brilliant, and his newspaper and magazine articles
attracting much attention, gave rich promise of future
fame.  He was perhaps the most accomplished
dramatic critic connected with the press, and to this
department of journalism he brought an enthu-
siastic zeal which nothing could dampen or repress.
With his strong love for his profession, and the high
principle which guided him in his work, he would,
could his life have been spared, have done much to 
raise the tone of the press, and give to every depart-
ment of it an earnest force by which alone its full
power is to be developed.  The death of Mr. Neill
makes another sad gap in the ranks of a profession
lately much thinned, and will leave for long a dreary
vacancy in a circle of friends of whose social meet-
ings he was the bright life, and for whose lightest
griefs he had ever a ready sympathy.

[newspaper clipping]
  Mr. Henry Neill, the dramatic critic of the New
York Tribune and the Albion, died yesterday after-
noon, of typhoid fever.  He was a young man of
great promise, very much beloved by a large circle
of friends, and by all of his fellow journalists to
whom he was known.  Though only twenty-three
years of age at his death, he was already known
as a versatile and earnest writer, who valued the
words he gave out, and felt all the responsibilities
which attach to a conscientious writer for the
press.  He united lofty principles with genial
manners, and carried into his daily work the
same conscientiousness which guided his life.
  Mr. Neill was a Philadelphian by birth, and was
connected for some time with the Bulletin and
Evening Journal of that city.  He came to this
city some eighteen months ago, and his character
and qualities as a writer at once enabled him,
young as he was, to take a foremost place among
the younger men of the New York press.  This
place he maintained, and by his private virtues
soon surrounded himself with a circle of friends
by whom his loss will be long lamented.

[Gunn s handwriting]
N.Y. Times.

[newspaper clipping]
  We regret to announce the death of Mr. HARRY
NEIL, the dramatic critic of the New-York Tribune.
The sad event occurred yesterday afternoon, after a
short sickness.  Some few days since Mr. NEIL was 
seized with what seemed to be an attack of fever and
ague, and was compelled to take to his bed.  The dis-
case subsequently assumed a typhoidical character, 
and resulted fatally.
  Mr. NEIL, before coming to this City, about eighteen
months ago, was connected with the Philadelphia
Press, and although young being snatched from us
at the early age of twenty-three had made his mark
in both cities as a man of clear judgment and a writer
of rare geniality.  He possessed powers of description
and a happy facility of language which placed him
justly at the head of our young men of the Press, and
seemed to indicate that his was a career that would
not be in vain.  Personally, Mr. NEIL was one of the 
most charming creatures that could be encountered.
With the breeding of a gentleman he combined the
gentleness of a woman.  Gifted with every bright fac-
ulty of mind and every noble impulse of heart, he
was an inspiration to those who were privileged to
claim him as a friend.  That so much youth, genius
and kindliness should perish is sad indeed.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Was a tall scorbutic-looking
young man, son to a Presby-
terian minister in Philadel-
phia.   Wrote with facility,
at first uncomfortable sentences
which looked as if he had com-
menced in the middle; latterly
much better.        Went to Paris
with House, both of them re-
turning with  the malady of
France,  having  gathered of
the ripest,  like Panurge.
This probably had it s share
in effecting Neill s death.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page fifty-four
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of Henry Neill.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; Journalism; Neill, Henry; New York times.; New York tribune.; Obituaries
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.