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hour after midnight.   
      Faults it has, certainly, of construction & detail
but as noble a purpose as can be, guided the pen of
its author, and good will come of this terrible setting
forth of the Accursed Traffic in  God s images cut in Ebony. 
I think her sudden conversions, instance Quinto & Sambo,
the two degraded wretches who flog her hero to death, unna-
tural;   and in minor degree also, that of the wonderfully
drawn slave girl  Topsy , as fine a bit of character as
ever Dickens drew.        It s a terrible book to read,
   you end, (as I
did)   with a full heart and  God bless this noble-hearted
American woman, Mrs Beecher Stowe, for that she has
the heart & brain to do this!
      I would I had the power to transmute such ignoble
villains as James Gordon Bennett, Editor of the N Y Herald,
into a black skin.       One who writes this curse to be  a
good institution,  that works well, is as it should be for
both races.       I d sell him to a Legree, and sleep
soundly after it.   May I be hanged if I would not!
  18.  Monday.   Down town, to the Post Office, to the
wood-peckers, to Lantern, Reveille, & Picayune Offices,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page sixty-nine
Description:Comments on ''Uncle Tom's Cabin.''
Date:1852-10-17
Subject:Bennett, James Gordon; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York herald.; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Stowe, Harriet Beecher; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.