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	     Anti-English War-talk.
stairs anon to talk to Mrs. Edwards; paterfa-
milias came down, Haney returned, Anne, Jack
and Eliza appeared, finally Mrs E.         Haney
talking anglophobia about the war and I dis-
puting with him, not feeling called upon to gush
in sympathy for a Government and people that
is not actuated by love of right and liberty in
this quarrel but by much lower, harder, and
more selfish motives.    He had been to Jim Par-
ton s yesternight and, I judge, echoed him.    And
Parton is altogether one-sided and sympathetic
in his opinions, having that part of his nature
utterly in excess over his judgment, as he once
acknowledged, on my charging him with it.   Where
fore I very respectfully object to taking my tone
from him, from any Americanized Briton, or
American.     If you want to be popular and
at ease, during times of turmoil and excitement
it is advisable not to look on both sides of the ques-
tion; by doing so, you generally displease both
parties.    Cahill, who rationally puts his
privations in London (the result of his dishonesty
and improvidence) to the disparagement of Eng-
land, talks the pseudo-patriotic slang of the
day and, as far as he believes in anything, cre-
dits it, while he thinks negroes only fit to be
slaves.    Bellew, too, who returned to the U. S.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page seventy-five
Description:Regarding Anglophobia in America during the Civil War.
Date:1861-11-22
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; London, England
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
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.