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THE reader who takes any interest in literary things is always sure of
a pleasant hour or two when a volume of Mr. Austin Dobson s essays falls
in his way.  This expectation will not be falsified by the latest of the
series, A Paladin of Philanthropy (Chatto & Windus), by which takes its title
from an essay dealing with the career and character of General Oglethorpe,
the friend of Johnson and the founder of the colony of Georgia.  Ogle-
thorpe, who has been immortalized by Pope and Boswell, was a man of
powerful benevolence, who was largely instrumental in alleviating the
horrors of debtors  prisons in Georgian London.  The Fleet against which
Dickens ran a tilt was an abode of bliss as compared with the  sponging
houses  revealed to the Commission of 1729, where  the good and the
bad, the sick and the hale, were found to be herded together in filthy
dungeons; deaths, often from sheer starvation, were of daily occurrence;
iron collars, thumbscrews, and the heaviest fetters were freely used for
the refractory; and an unfortunate prisoner might be subjected to all this
for the paltry debt of a shilling, which became the nucleus of endless
gratuities and  considerations,  and the pretext for perpetual confinement. 
To have rescued Oglethorpe s career from the oblivion into which our busy
days have let it fall is an excellent deed.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding an essay by Austin Dobson on James Oglethorpe.
Subject:Dobson, Austin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Oglethorpe, James
Coverage (City/State):London, [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.