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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 174, April 10, 1859

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Identifier: DX03341688

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 174, April 10, 1859

Description: Regarding Robert Bonner and Fanny Fern's anger about Gunn's article in Scalpel, which criticized the New York Ledger.

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while!” For Fanny [Fern], she outdid her patron [Robert Bonner] in anger, all her the latent "envy hatred and all un-charitableness" blazing out in lurid splendor. If I came to the house she wouldn't see me ——

All right! I’m well content it should end so, and don't repent what I've done, one jot. It's all true, and right, and honest and needed telling. And 'tis no small triumph that I who earn less money — make it, rather — in a year than Bonner in a week, that I, sitting writing in my attic, can raise this tempest in a tea-pot. He is exasperate at what he considers my presumption. The idea of a fellow — "this Gunn" — who draws caricatures, scribbles promiscuously — isn’t anybody in fact! — daring to reckon up the Ledger — the N. Y. Ledger with a circulation of 400,000 weekly! of his telling me! Robert Bonner, that I deal in trash. Proving it, too! Giving his reasons! The man would crucify me if he could, I dare say. The Century has reprinted much of my article — all the unfavorable part, which of course adds to Bonner's delight. Now if I felt a speck of consciousness of any personal feeling in the affair, I should feel be sorry, and 'tis ashamed, as it is I am right glad, thoroughly satisfied. For Bonner I've no ill will or resentment: should like to have an opportunity to do him some bit of honest service by way of undeceiving him. For Fanny, if I were the man she supposes me, what a punish-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-04-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Women
Newspapers
Criticism

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