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                       The Rawlings family.
tive of worldliness and ill-temper.     Their mutual
production, the boy Fred, was forward, appro-
bative and talkative, his manner having all the
familiarity and friendliness of constitutional in-
sincerity.   (Children can be and commonly were,
just as big hypocrites as grown
people.)     Rawlings himself (I must put him in)
the perfect development of a peculiar stock, is a
man of middle size and stature, not particularly
noticeable in any respect, his face not ill-looking
but certainly not handsome.    His hair thinnish,
his eyes of a dubious blue-gray, his face without
much color, his side-whiskers not luxuriant,
his scanty mustaches waxed or gummed at the
ends into little upward curls, his chin clean sha-
ven, the general expression of his countenance
equivocal   furtively uneasy and suggestive of
his nature as it were   Rawlings, could he
be quiet, might be mistaken for a respectable
man, being in truth the biggest humbug and
social imposter I have ever encountered.  Indeed
the whole family were evidently of the same kid-
ney,   Gus s  marriage 
having, afforded a home to 
all of them.   A human cuckoo himself   not
to say a bird of prey   he has brought all his
brood to occupy the remarkably snug nest in
which the pretty sparrow who accepted him,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-one
Description:Describes the Rawlings family.
Subject:Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus; Rawlings, Fred; Rawlings, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.