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              F. Schell, Artist of Frank
to be paid for in addition.   In consequence
he often neglected the Times  duty for this,
extra emolument.     He wrote pretty well, in
decent average English, but was conventional
and old stylish in all his notions and ways
of expressing himself: he would introduce
such rot as  my brethren of the quill  &c.
Generally he was  too civil by half  and
got himself rather disliked by harder natures
who didn t make allowances for the inherent
amiability and weakness of the man s charac-
ter.      An uneasy person he found it difficult
to be quiet.            Schell, the artist, was a
middle-sized, broad-faced observant fellow,
whose countenance indicated his German des-
cent.     A Philadelphian born, and brought up
as a lithographic draftsman he had a good
deal of a ability and drew with more accuracy
and conscientiousness than many of his craft.
He had great relish for humour and I
got to like him very much, in spite of his ha-
ving been a pro-slavery-democrat   a Bell-
Everett man   who had become locally prominent
during the last presidential election.   Like
Lowell s pious editor, he believed
	 That liberty s a kind o  thing
		As don t agree with niggers, 
and the progress of the war hadn t converted
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty-seven
Description:Describes artist Frank Schell.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Artists; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Journalism; New York times.; Schell, Frank H.; Slavery
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.