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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 243, November 4-5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03606662

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 243, November 4-5, 1858

Description: Regarding Bob Gun moving out of the boarding house, and a scandal involving Willis Patten.


Called at Mrs [Celina] Jewells — saw Selina [Jewell]. Had to camp in [William] Leslie's antechamber to night — my room horribly damp.

5. Friday. To Harper's with sketches — rejected — eheu! Bob Gun "moving" this afternoon. In my room awhile, rather drunk. Seems extremely sensitive as to what's said of him, expresses great regret at leaving and declares if it were not for a countryman of his (Leslie) he wouldn't go. Asserts that the story of the message from "his woman" is false — that is really came from a sick, male friend, now lying ill, likely to die. Says too, this "bit of spite" has cost him $250, he having squandered or got into debt to that amount, in a debauch which he rushed into in consequence of the slander. Seems really to believe this is a sort of retaliation — an evidence of spirit! "He don't care — he'd spend any amount rather than he'd be crowed over &c &c." With all the absurdity of this, his sensitiveness is a point in his favor. However he went down-stairs and drank whiskey with Leslie immediately after leaving me. Apropos of the latter he read out the Herald report of the [Willis] Patten scandal to the women, this afternoon. There has been a quiet grin of satisfaction passing through the house at this affair, though everybody is disinclined to take a malicious view of it out of regard for the feelings of Mrs Patten. But to detect the man who had the brutally bad taste to declare over the Sunday dinner table, in the most violent and offensive language, that all Englishmen and Europeans generally who came to this country were theives, runaway convicts &c — to detect this wrong-headed, dogmatic, prejudiced conversational ruffian as a peculator and official rogue, is provocative of a laugh. Such a Nemesis, it would require an immense amount of Christian charity not to enjoy. It's astonishing how the man’s manner has excited detestation. Leslie –

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-11-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
19th century


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