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h__l of an article about the Ledger in
my next number!  says the doctor.  Why what
are you going to say about it?  asked Dana.  Abom
inable trash, Sir!  quoth Dixon knitting his brows
and looking like a brigand.     He s as characteristic
as ever.   I could fill a volume apropos of Dixon.
Fancy a man of middle heigth, rather spare in figure,
trimly dressed in black, his coat generally buttoned
up, his face tremendously Louis Napoleonic, large
overshadowing nose, heavy moustache and imperial,
deep set eyes, rather overarching brows and generally
acquiline (or vulturine) aspect; fancy this man
generally in a state of extremeness on every subject,
an egotist in talk but so confessedly and amusing-
ly so, that you don t object to it, conversing on
himself, things in general   what not.    He will nar-
rate with astonishing candor particulars relating to
himself and the other sex   particulars I can t
venture to put down     altogether too Samoedic 
as Carlyle says.     He swears tremendously at
times; writes almost as he talks, hare-brained
hap-and-scramble humor, personality, nonsense,
physiological truth, shrewd observation all jumb-
led together.   Has a private hospital somewhere,
is married, has a daughter, and publishes the
Scalpel as an advertisement.    It has lived some six
years, Dixon writing it almost entirely.
  Went over to Brooklyn last Thursday and stayed
all night.   Haney there.  Fanny  has bought
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes Dr. Dixon, publisher of ''Scalpel.''
Subject:Dana, Charles A.; Dixon, E.H.; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; New York ledger.; Publishers and publishing; Scalpel.
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]; [New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.