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   Life and Letters of Bayard Taylor.   Edited
by Marie Hansen-Taylor and Horace E.
Scudder.  Two vols Elliot Stock.  The highly
estimable man of letters whose memoirs are
here given to the world by devoted and dutiful
affection was one of that bright company of
writers who had in the course of a few years
given to the United States an acknowledged
rank and station in the literature of the
English-speaking race.  Nor is it to detract
from the virtue and the value of that
literature to confess that it is fashioned and
coloured by the study of the masterpieces of
the old world.  Genius and art belong to no 
country but to all time, though they may owe
their peculiar strength and savour to the influ-
ence of sky, of climate, and of race, or even to
the circumstances and conditions of the civili-
zation which has given them birth.  Bayard
Taylor was essentially a man of Euro-
pean cultivation, though a fervent Ameri-
can patriot at heart, and no mean
citizen of the great Republic.  But to all that
he touched his own refined and genial
nature lent a charm of its own, and no man of
letters ever better served and loved his craft.
His familiar correspondence discloses a generous
temperament and a loveable disposition, and the
note of all his work is a certain distinction.  He
was an insatiable wanderer, and in no foreign
country a stranger so sensitive and versatile
was his gift of sympathy.  As Minister to Ger-
many, he found himself at home in what
throughout his intellectual life had been to him
a second country.  And if those who knew and
loved him lamented his too early death, they
have at least the consolation of believing that
his life had on the whole been happy.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and seventy
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding a book about Bayard Taylor.
Subject:Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hansen-Taylor, Marie; Journalism; Scudder, Horace E.; Stock, Elliot; Taylor, Bayard
Scan Date:2010-06-17


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.