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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 215, May 20, 1860

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Identifier: DX02999473

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 215, May 20, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.



“The American Tennyson”!

[Edmund Stedman] is apt to contradict to express himself too incisively not to, create enemies. He dislikes the [Henry] Clapp clique, talks curt condemnation of Doestickism [Mort Thomson-ism] and has pitched into Fanny Fern in print, being provoked to it by a bit of her literary smut.x This when he edited a country newspaper; of course she responded. He had a project during the John Brown row of seizing Governor [H.A.] Wise of Virginia and bringing him secretly to New York, confining him in a cellar and holding his life as a hostage for the safety of Osawattomie [John Brown]’s. Stedman’s ballad on the subject of Brown’s raid is a very fine one; it brought him eulogism from Elizabeth Barret Browning at Florence. She knows his parents, he says. In the afternoon [George] Boweryem and I went to Sugar Loaf hill, an elevation commanding a good view of the adjoining country. There we lay in the wind and sunshine for two good hours. Return to the house and more loafing. Boweryem had talked a good deal in [132] Bleecker street about a “Pair of Beautiful Eyes” that were visible at the “Phalanx,” telling [James] Morris (who was to have been of our party, but didn’t turn up in time) that he must not make love to them under peril of assassination. As we

x Being himself a seducer, adulterer and libertine.

coverage:New Jersey

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-05-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
John Brown's Raid, 1859


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