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ing narratives, and a story cal-
led the  Big Bear of the Arkansas. 
He is a regular raconteur, from
the Southern point of view; tells
stories, the joke of which turns on
the ignorance or drunkenness of
his heroes, and if he really
had brains enough, or natural
aptitude to describe what he knows 
and has seen, might do something
worth reading.  As it is, he is not
unamusing.      The old dodger has
been in a chronic state of regret since
the departure of Butler, fearing, I
suppose, for his berth of City Sur-
veyor.      He comes to one with all
sorts of stories detrimental to the
Banks administration.      As the 
seems to have become rather an anti-
Banks paper of late, I am the recip-
ient of a good many of his civilities.
A few days back he brought into 
the Era office a jotter-headed edi-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding Thomas B. Thorpe's writing ability.
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; 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.