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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 175, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02768691

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 175, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes Frank Bellew.



[Frank] Bellew’s Characteristics.

good-breeding about him, which contrasts strongly with us, whose manners get knocked awry by circumstance and atrocious surroundings. Ah me! it would be a delicious thing to be a Gentleman! That Bellew is in deportment, in general deference to the feelings of others, in courtesy and kindness. Whether from natural amiability, from shrewdness, inculcating a well-judged conviction that it’s unwise to throw stones when you too live in a house with a good deal of glass in it — and a repugnance to recognize any sharply defined rule of right, he scarcely ever condemns anybody or anything. I believe it to combine all the fore-going, but that the latter feeling exists I’m sure. He prefers [Charles] Dickens to [William Makepeace] Thackery, indeed dislikes the latter. Bellew has all the demi-virtues — liberality — generosity — in excess. I suppose he has helped innumerable fellows pecuniarily, from [William] North and [Fitz James] O’Brien to [Frank] Cahill, especially the second-named, not being very particular about repayment, though he has commented to me about O’Brien’s loose way of regarding debts of honor. Understanding him thoroughly, Bellew is, in conduct, always most lenient to him. I believe Bellew to be an Irishman, though he always professes English parentage, saying

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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