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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 181, April 13, 1859

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Identifier: DX03347412

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 181, April 13, 1859

Description: Regarding William Leslie's passion for making money.

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man [William Leslie] is. I've had fits of trying to believe in him but tis impossible. His generosity, rare as it appears, is but approbativeness, for which he takes the hugest credit to himself. If he invites you out to drink at a tavern it is with an eye to business, that he may sell "a case of bitters" to the landlord. All his nocturnal indulgences are of this sort. The greed for money grows upon him, is in his blood. All his faculties are sharpened to that one point: I never saw the passion so terribly developed in a young man. I see how it's done, to, and 'tis a study. How truth, mercy, everything go to the wall when the Main Chance comes in! He gets an intimation that a Southern customer is shaky on credit, bills coming due which may not be met, said customer having remitted an order to him. It is not complied with — the firm holds off until it be found whether the man meets his engagements, when if he do, they ignore the receipt of the order — lie about it — some Post Office blunder — and express promptness to deal with one &c. — Meantime that poor devil Latto has to keep himself, an wife and family on $8 per week! Leslie knows this and "don't know anything about him." Unfortunate Scotchman with a taste for poetizing — [Robert] Burn's bitten. He sent in a Burns ode, did this poor Latto, to the London Centenary Competition. It was horribly long, says Norval. I saw little Miss [Nina] Brooks, her mother [Maria Brooks] and a broad-shouldered young man walking beside the former, on Bleecker St, the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-04-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Scots
Business
Liquors

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