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very hospitable if you went to see him and used to
cut jokes at his wife s expense all through dinner.   He d
write articles in the Lantern containing some point which she
only would understand, and tell you of it, chuckling, as
an extraordinary joke!    Generally he s productions were aw-
ful bosh; full of feeble, inevitable puns, cumbrous familia-
rities and old stories, which he revamps again and again.
You can trace him through innumerable miserable struggling
newspapers.    When he came to this country, in, I think, 1850,
he got out a volume of  Living Authors of England  in which he
vilified Dickens and ranked him as inferior to Cornelius
Mathews!    Whereupon Dickens wrote a letter to Gaylord Clark
of the Knickerbocker, denouncing Powell as a forger and a swin-
dler, which Clark printed in the Knickerbocker.   That killed
Powell s career in this country.    He commenced   or said
that he did   law-suits against Clark and the Tribune, which
reprinted or commented on Dicken s letter.   Also he lied against
Clark and Dickens in the most malevolent way.   This is
the worst of the man, otherwise, though he s an incurable
dodger one would rather laugh at than condemn him.    I
fancy his sow has a touch of Wilkins junior in him, though
I don t know if he has  a fine head voice .    He is very
shifty, with a hankering after engraving.    So much for the
real Micawber as I know him.                 Sartain of Philadel-
phia, who gave me a job in 1849, came into Frank Leslie s
while I was there.           To Brooklyn by sunset.   All about
and jolly.  Miss Jacobs is in Boston en permanence or for a 
year or so, to learn a trade   dressmaking or appertaining to
it.    Wells is back at Hoyt St.  While talking of him after sup-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes Thomas Powell.
Subject:Clark, Gaylord; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Louisa; Knickerbocker.; Lantern.; Mathews, Cornelius; New York tribune.; Powell, Thomas; Powell, Thomas, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Sartain; Welles, Edward; Wilkins, Jr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Hoyt Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, 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.