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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 176, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02769435

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 176, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes Frank Bellew.

Transcription:

163

An Irishman and ashamed of it.

he [Frank Bellew] was born in India. I believe it on the following evidence: There came a man to the “Pic” office, as I have somewhere chronicled, who had known Bellew in some country town in England, when he was in an architect’s office, and he, who had much to say of their spreeing, stoutly insisted on his Bellew’s Celtic nativity, in opposition to my mildly-put assertion of Anglicism. Then Bob Gun, walking home one evening with Bellew’s brother Patrick [Beckett Bellew], chanced to let fall some remark derogatory to the Irish, which the other resented, declared himself of them and said his brother Frank was so, too, “though he was ashamed of it!” Gun held his tongue about it. I suppose Bellew’s disgust at the behaviour of and the odium in which the Irish are held in America prompted this repudiation of his nationality. Only Irishmen, indeed, are guilty of it and it’s a tremendously suggestive instance of how low a people may become, that the best among them look upon their countrymen with disgust and abhorrence. Bellew detested “the Irishry” as [Thomas] Macaulay calls ‘em, and drew their physiognomy and characteristics in the savagest manner always; he would call your attention to the invariable prepondance [sic] of Irish names in the criminal records and did no end of caricatures of their ruffianism, treachery

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Irish

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