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[newspaper clipping]
  We regret to announce that the Massachusetts Republican have
made the discovery that General B. F. Butler is a liar.  Rumors
prejudicial to the General s character for veracity have been for
some time current in that State, but it has been difficult to trace
them to any trustworthy source, though they caused great uneasi-
ness and anxiety in the public mind.  During the late canvass,
however, the fact was established beyond question.  The General
published a letter about his opponent, Judge Hear, containing
nearly as many falsehoods as it could hold, and, what was worse
than all, giving evidence of a familiarity with and skill in lying
which in such a quarter was little short of appalling.  The fall of
this great soldier and philanthropist, the  Conquerer of New Or-
leans  and the friend of the black man, coming at the close of a
year of great business despondency, has naturally exerted a most
depressing effect on the people of the State, and they are saying sor-
rowfully,  Whom shall we trust now? Since friendship for the black
man is no guarantee of a white man s veracity, what guarantee is
there?  Church membership counts for nothing; wealth and posi-
tion count for nothing; and now the very conquerors and philan-
thropists in our midst have begun to lie like clockwork.  It s awful! 
We do not know what consolation to offer; but perhaps now that
Butler knows what suffering his mendacity causes, he will reform.

[Gunn s handwriting]
The N. Y. Nation.  A high class literary journal.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and sixty-five
Description:Newspaper clipping accusing General Butler of being a liar.
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hear; New York nation.; Reconstruction
Coverage (City/State):Massachusetts
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.