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	      Bellew s Anglophobia
eulogized the United States, basing his dislike
for England on the asserted arrogance, vulgarity
and conceit of her people, on the difficulty of
obtaining a livelihood there and the circumlocution-
ary airs of all business men.          His wife, too, talks
more odiously on the subject than he.    I know, in my
heart, that no small share of this must have orgina-
ted from deserved annoyance springing from their
habits of getting into debt and not being at all punc-
tual debtors   but that s one of those little facts
that often lie perdue below specious allegations.  
So Bellew (who never scrupled to caricature the old
country invidiously, even when he was ultra-English
in feeling and more alive than I to American flaws)
has, of late, been pitching his hardest wood-blocks in-
to John Bull s face, and talking to match.            This
afternoon he said it would delight him to see Eng-
land thoroughly humiliated; which fired my blood
a little and I pitched in.         We talked friendly enough,
if warmly; Beckett being tacitly on my side, though
he said but little.   After all, with all his good
and likeable qualities, Bellew s life is only based on
what may be termed a not ungenerous selfishness.
English in manner, there s the inevitable streak of
Irish improvidence in him, which necessitates com-
promising justice by generosity.  He hasn t that
in him to compass the highest of virtues; the one
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's Anglophobia.
Date:1861-12-25
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.