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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 249, November 5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03611759

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 249, November 5, 1858

Description: Comments on his habit of writing in his diary.

Transcription:

[Willis Pat]ten has put away money, invested in stocks. I hope too, with all my heart, the man will keep his berth, for his wife's sake. I don't dislike the grampus, except when he snorts with peculiar blatancy, antagonizing all sense and good nature. So, Peace be with him! Thus endeth the Eleventh volume of my Diarization. If I keep on "—am spared" as the righteous say, as though the Almight was constantly on the look out to kill them! — it will grow into a Library.

Sometimes I have considerable qualms about it. There’s a passage in [John Gibson] Lockhart's Scott, condemnatory of such work. But I have no fine old Sir Walter [Scott] to sketch in deshabille — only such folk as one meets every day in the world. Well God help all of us!

——— Then, to be sure, I can destroy these scribblings any day I like. Somehow, though I must cut a very poor figure in them in many places, I don't like the thought of it. They seem a part of my existence. So much of my life put into them!

I'm sure that the only true mode of biography is Boswellizing. Poor [James] Boswell! The world is damnably ungrateful in laughing at him.

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Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-05

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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