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        Thomson s attempt to bully Nast
ed about that unlucky letter of Mrs Rogers
to Jim, of  conspiring  against Fanny, and
much more, generally asserting himself as
her champion and threatening that  the mat-
ter shouldn t end there  &c. &c.  but he
didn t make much of the old gentleman.
Then he attempted a similar thing in Nast,
who had introduced a caricature of Fanny
(not at all a good one and only recognizable
from the little curls and hair-tendrils with
which she surrounds her raddled old face)
in a comic picture in the illustrated N.Y.
News.  Meeting Tommy in Spruce Street,
nearly opposite the Courier office, from the
window of which Haney surveyed the whole
scene, Thomson threatened Nast with
personal vengeance if he  dared  &c., but
Tommy proved singularly cool and the bully
slunk away to his father who waited at
a distance, with the big stick ! He really
seems to have constituted himself his son s
body guard.  I saw a ludicrous caricature
of the scene by Tommy himself, at 745,
in which he had represented himself in an
awful funk, shedding tears of contrition
before a gigantic adversary   and a double
opera-glass protruding out of the Courier
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Regarding an attempt by Mort Thomson to bully Thomas Nast.
Date:1862-09-25
Subject:Drawing; Edwards, George; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Illustrated New York news.; Marriage; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Thomson; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Spruce Street
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.