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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 224, May 4, 1859

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Identifier: DX03375284

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 224, May 4, 1859

Description: Describes George Arnold.


[ex]tensive and promiscuous acquaintance with the other sex and shrewdly observes the immense difference of popular impressions with respect to a certain class of them with hard facts. He [George Arnold] says if he get married he shall make no disguise of his past life. He possesses power of reticence, and is one of the comparatively few men — especially young men — who can bring what they know and observe to bear upon their actual conduct in life. He is free-handed, saves no money, goes on sprees of three or four days together, talks openly of it. His writings are pleasantish, sometimes shrewd, much of his poetry pretty; but indicating no great promise of work of higher mark. Indeed pitched into the cess-pool of weekly journalism and bedeviled with bursts of dissipation I doubt if his career can be upwards. I don’t think he is really very much in earnest about anything. He has closed the hatches down on light streaming from above and seems content to let the passion and interest take the helm, though they steer to the devil. Now he half-edits the N.Y. Mercury, writes a column or two of correspondence, besides outside ventures. Earns a good deal of money at times. Evening, finding my bed still in the centre of the newly-white washed bare room, turned out & went to 16th St. Miss [Lucia] Cooper and Mrs Pounden (who has returned to Mrs [Catharine] Potter) sitting together in a sort of landing place, Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur in her adjoining room with “a beau.” Upstairs to [Jesse] Haney’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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