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old basement in Broadway; but money will
do after its kind, and its tendency is rarely
beneficial.  It s a kind of manure which
may develop good fruit, but oftener a luxu-
riant crop of noxious weeds.  I distrust most
wealthy people, feeling as if there must be
a great gulf between myself and them.  I
never wanted to be rich, feeling that it in-
volved increased responsibilities, for which I
was wholly unfit.  Rich folks are not in the
least happier than poor ones, and have the
enormous disadvantage that scarcely anybody
is sincere or truthful towards them.  Here s
a sentence or two from a letter which I got
from Mrs Nast, dated February 8, this year,
that may amuse you.  Alluding to the Partons,
she says:  I do not hanker especially after
Mrs P. s acquaintance, but I would like to
listen occasionally to some of Jim s wild
talk and brilliant remarks.  I don t know
whether people are less original than they
used to be, but it seems to me that as I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and nine
Description:Letter from Thomas Butler Gunn, Wardington, Banbury, England, to Jack Edwards, Brook Farm near Baden, St. Louis Co., Mo., musing on wealth and wealthy people.
Date:1887-11-07
Subject:Edwards, John; Eldredge, Ellen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Sally (Nast); Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Wardington, Banbury, England]
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.