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went over to Brooklyn with him, dined at his place, and then
to a friend of his  house, where was the book.         Gave him
$5, (what he asked for it.)            Over to New York again, parted
and I to Weed s, thence to room, which I quitted not, save
for supper during the day.       I like Field, he s a gentlemanly
quiet fellow, & I think sensitive;   he was humbugged & wronged
by the Scoundrel Gleason.  /                           I ve been looking
over these  Gavarni Ouvres  .           Wonderfully drawn & clever as
they are, how different a style of mirth is there in them from our 
English Artists productions.  How genial, how honestly mirthful
are all the exquisite conceits of John Leech in  Punch .  Whereas
these french things are all more or less indecent.  Double entendre,
dirty inuendo, and Phallus-worship at the root of all.   What
a nation it must be, how rotten at the core to relish this, to take
it as a matter of course.         Adultery is an excellent joke,   the
unfortunate Coquardeaus, the wronged husbands are simply ludicrous.
A woman prostituting her honor is such a funny thing to a Frenchman!	
Fancy the loathing and fear of a good, home loving English mother
at seeing such sketches, decent enow in the drawing, but in
meaning & words, so steeped in impurity.             I wonder
whether there ever was, is, or will be a Frenchman who could love
the  Vicar of Wakefield. !)
  I ve learnt the right name of one of my favourites in English
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page eighty
Description:Comments on French humor.
Date:1852-10-29
Subject:Artists; Books and reading; Field; Gavarni, Paul; Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leech, John; Punch.; Weed
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.