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                          A. C. Hills.
supplied editorials to the Post.   He had read
more than the average of newspaper men and
loved Tennyson; he could repeat passages
from his poetry of some length.  He was a
lewd person, a frequenter of New York brothels
and a great friend of Stedman s, though
he could not approach that individual in un-
utterable baseness.    Both of them had a story
about their taking poor little Boweryem to a
brothel and leaving him there, having pur-
loined his clothes, so that he was obliged to 
return to the Unitary Home very early one
Sunday morning in a dressing-gown, without
trousers.    What I heard from the little man
rather confirmed it.       Hills delighted in
talking of himself, like most Americans, had
indeed a hard, material selfishness at the root
of his nature very unloveable.   Yet he was
appreciative of excellence in others and not
illiberal.         A man more constantly on the
look-out as regarded his own profit and
advancement I have never known.  
In popular phrase he was always  on the
make.          I had met A. G. Hills, al-
most his namesake, at the Astor House, in
attendance on Gen. Banks, and was rather 
prepossessed in his favor.   A good looking, fair-
haired, fair bearded Bostonian, got up in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty-three
Description:Describes journalist A. C. Hills.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Books and reading; Boweryem, George; Brothels; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Journalism; Stedman, Edmund Clarence
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.