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but came to the South years ago.
He says he had a tendency to
consumption and thought that a
warmer climate might help him.
Also he had yearnings towards
art   painting.       He considers
that he ought to have followed this
for a vocation, but there was no en-
couragement for native talent in
those days; an American would apolo-
gize for the possession of an Ameri-
can picture.     If Thorpe s art
proclivities had no greater foundation
of merit that his pretensions to liter-
ary ability, I cannot think that
the world has lost much by his not
sticking to them.   For he writes the
awkwardest, stupidest, most wry-neck-
ed of editorials and the like,   their
perusal has as an agreable effect
on you as the grinding of an old
hurdy-gurdy, horribly out of tune.
An old office-seeker and wire-puller
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Regarding Thomas B. Thorpe's past desire to be a painter.
Date:1863-03-08
Subject:Artists; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thorpe, Thomas B.
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
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, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.