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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 34, December 7-9, 1858

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Identifier: DX03132557

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 34, December 7-9, 1858

Description: Regarding Charles Gayler and John McLenan.


[7. Tuesday and 8. Wednesday] Mostly in doors, writing, drawing, being nervous — with bits of perusal of [Thomas] Carlyle's "Friedrich II." Weather horrible, ceaseless rain.

9. Thursday. Down-town, to Post, Pic & Tribune office. Met Mort Thomson; with him again to Tribune Office, to Rudd & Carleton's (his publishers) to get copy of his recently-born "Witches of New York." Met [Charles] Gaylor. [A.F.] Banks has supervised him in editing (!) [Thomas W.] Strong's Yankee Notions! Gayler did little else than abuse Mc Lenan, saying that John had no notion of fun, never had an idea in his life &c — that he, Gayler had put "hundreds of dollars" in Mac's pocket, by suggestions &c — that Mac had been "ungratified" to him — with much more. Judging from the stupidity of Mac's notions, I should think it highly probable that Gayler had favored him with the ideas and cursedly bad ones. I defended Mac, on principle, for he is an artist and can put splendid effect in his drawings. Gayler is a tall, burylish man with an over-rich complexion, (something of an Irish voice — I always suspect him of Celtic descent) and plenty of self esteem which manifests itself unpleasantly when he's conversing with those whom he considers his inferiors. He sings a good song, makes puns, and wouldn’t be a bad tavern-king were he not prone to attempting rough-riding over others. He can write parodies and dogged — nothing else. Born (so he gives out) in New York he once had a good position on a Cin-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-07

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Artists
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Books and reading


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