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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 48, December 18-21, 1858

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Identifier: DX03138891

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 48, December 18-21, 1858

Description: Mentions telling Thomas McElrath that he decided not to review the two books on prostitution.


manner. I had the customary notion that prostitutes died off in the exercise of their terrible profession — not as, it appears, that they are absorbed into the ranks of society, by marriage &c, for the most part. I'm glad to know it — there's less misery & horror in the world than I thought. I think of the class with all the pity of which my nature is capable. God forgive any one of us casting stones where they are so little needed! There's one good thing about a literature — you're always learning something. [William] Leslie, down stairs, now, had never heard of [Thomas] Carlye and wanted to know what Boswell wrote about!!

Writing, at night, till late. Not at all well all day, and inclined to blue devils.

19. Sunday. Leaving [Jesse] Haney at Edwards' (he being about to escort the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] and perhaps Jack [Edwards], over to [James] Parton's, in furthermore of the fusion of the families) walked up to 52nd Street and dined with [Frank] Bellew. A young fellow named [Frank] Wood, recently engaged on the Picayune (why didn't [Frank] Cahill get the berth?) there for half an hour. Towards sunset down town with Bellew, I quitting the car at Bleecker. To [E.H.] Chapin's and subsequently to Edwards' at night. The girls and John returned with Haney, while there.

20. Monday. To "Constellation" office, saw [George] Roberts — came on Wednesday. To "Century" office in Park Row, new Times building, saw [Thomas] Mc Elrath. Told him about book, said he thought the higher of me for not proposing to do it against conscience. Back, writing all the afternoon and till midnight or after.

21. Tuesday. Drizzle, steady and dismal. Writing

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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