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sensibly see with what a face, in no long time,
Oblivion will look upon himself.   At threescore
one stands right in the front line, waiting
the sweep of the great scythe, which, as you
remark, thins our ranks so perceptibly, with
the wholesome deduction that we ought  to hold
on very close to those who are left.   What
you tell me in illustration of an opposite ten-
dency in some of your family I regret, but
can quite realize and understand.  I am
afraid you attribute it to its right source also.
Women are often more worldly than men: they
think so much of appearances, which men, living
in a larger world, care less for.  When I was
last in the U.  S. (in 1873-4) Nast once spoke
to me with a good deal of feeling about your
fancying he might be alienated from you.   Even
Jack!  he remarked,  and you know what a
good fellow he is!   But that was over 13
years ago.  I know you were always the
truest and best of friends to him and used
to think your relations towards all you sisters
singularly kindly and pleasant in the dear
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and eight
Description:Letter from Thomas Butler Gunn, Wardington, Banbury, England, to Jack Edwards, Brook Farm near Baden, St. Louis Co., Mo., musing on aging.
Subject:Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Wardington, Banbury, England]
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.