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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 110, September 17-18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04038344

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 110, September 17-18, 1853

Description: Comments on Alf Waud's attitude after getting into an argument with him on Mackinac Island.


awful thunder roar, loud-bellowing almost incessantly, terrible Levin glare flashing intolerable light, and the house rocking again. An in doors day. [Alfred] Waud found us at the Suttler’s store in the afternoon; got a letter from [Alfred] Swinton, with $50 in’t. / Evening in doors. I’m off to-morrow by the Pacific, and then hey for Kentucky and the Mammoth Cave.

18. Sunday. A dismally rainy and befogged morning, despite which Waud & Hayes arrived. Had a squabble with the former. He, notwithstanding his manhood & sincerity can be rude and brutal enow, when he chooses, and methinks it grows on him. This extreme don’t-care-for anybody affectation of candour runs into ruffianism occasionally, nor does frankness sanctify hand conceit, and ill-speaking of everybody. He affects the harshest notions of every body, and youre coarse gutter-phrases don’t please my ear, nor do I like to be ridden rough shod by one with less brains than myself. Ability he has, (infinity superior in art than my poor pencil-work,) manhood and jovial spirits he has, but that’s about all. A brute father [Alfred Waud, Sr.] has knocked nearly all loveableness out of him. Great is he in projects, marvellously Hell-s pavement making in their carryings out. Behind with the world, always in debt, — [word crossed out] (being so particularly well-persuaded that he, with sticking to work, which he never does — can make any amount of money;) willing to let any snob divert and drift him from anything that aught to be done; he likes your coarse common-place dogs who talk brothel-phrase, and shrewd vulgarisms better than better men. Three words of resenting some of the big-boy practical jokes he plays off on everybody, will always produce a butcher-boy threat of pugilism, from him. I hate such outrage on good-feeling, and gentlemanly ‘havior, and have been a score of times

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Islands
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)


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