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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 243, May 22-24, 1859

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Identifier: DX03390909

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 243, May 22-24, 1859

Description: Regarding a story told by Jesse Haney about a Philadelphia lawyer who disliked Charles Dickens.


Reed's and a two hours talk. Left them at 8, in front of Edwards', to [E.H.] Chapins, subsequently to Edwards, stayed till 11, then saw [Jesse] Haney home.

Here's a good story Haney brought back from Philadelphia. There was an old lawyer there, a "Bucks County" man who would rather have lost a case than a joke, which lawyer, when [Charles] Dickens visited this country, took especial prejudice to him for the reason which impelled the Athenian to ostracize Aristides. This prejudice was further increased, on encountering its object, by Dickens' dandyism. Now one of the results of Dickens popularity in Philadelphia was the production of his portrait on articles in china ware, as mugs &c. The old lawyer purchased a number of these and on his death — not before — it was discovered that he had used them all as pots-de-chambre!

23. Monday. [Phonography] &c, writing. Down town in the afternoon. To Houston St in the evening to get money of [Bob] Gun. Saw Tracy, [Jack] Sears and [George] Arnold. Return. Writing.

24. Tuesday. [Phonography] for half an hour, then to article on the Herald. Stuck at it till 5 1/2, then out to Washington Square for a pipe amid the greenery and sunlight. A little more [phonography]. After supper to 16th St. Haney out. Found Mrs [Catharine] Potter, her sister (Lucia [Cooper]) and Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur at the door. Talk and chaff. Mrs G. again desirous of knowing "how she looked" — allowed me to lead her to the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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