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             Howell of the N. Y. World.
justly remarked that a man of his age   eight
or ten years more than Hayes   ought to have
been above it.    The lad talked affectionately of
his sister, too, for which I liked him.         There
was yet another correspondent whom I have not
mentioned; Howell of the World, a young fel-
low over six feet high, with a smooth face,
shortish brown hair, gray eyes and a thought-
ful, reserved expression of countenance.   He
had been phonographic reporter to the paper
in New York, was evidently industrious,
steady, and possessed of averable ability, but
no brilliancy of intellect.  His antecedents were
rustic, his parents occupying a farm on Long
Island.    Somewhat saturnine in temperament,
conscientious and perhaps a trifle modest (a
most unusual characteristic in an American)
he yet felt equal to holding his own, and be-
lieved in his paper.  He was a pro-slavery
Unionist as far as he knew, talking artless
ignorance on the question of  abolitionists.  Rath-
er reserved in disposition, one got to respect
him before liking him, though he warmed
up materially during the kindly, jovial intimacy
that ensued among us during our stay
with the Banks expedition and sojourn in the 
Department of the Gulf generally   a sojourn
I shall always think of with pleasure.       How-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ninety
Description:Describes journalist Howell.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.G.; Howell; Journalism; New York world.
Scan Date:2010-11-16


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.