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and artful dodger in general, Thorpe
belongs to a class
of newspaper men were 
very large in the north, now almost
extinct   persons utterly without any
ability or qualification for their vo-
cation, beyond the capacity of string-
ing together dislocated and inconclu-
sive sentences   and venal in all
their motives.   Now we have no
end of scoundrels   there s little im-
provement in that item   but rogues
with ability; they have shouldered
the fogies on one side.   Well, Thorpe
drifted into New Orleans journalism,
wrote for extinct papers and  was
largely instrumental in introducing
the present school system into Louis-
iana    he says.    He got an office,
too; I don t know whether he didn t 
go to Congress.      He wrote for
Porter s Spirit of the Times, sport-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding Thomas B. Thorpe's writing ability.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thorpe, Thomas B.
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, Louisiana
Scan Date:2011-01-03


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.