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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 28, July 17, 1856

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Identifier: DX03639002

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 28, July 17, 1856

Description: Describes his discussion with James Parton about how much they should each be paid for their book on comic poetry.


entitling him [James Parton] to this larger renumeration. This I demur to, while allowing his claim to more than my share. (The proposition, indeed, somewhat surprised me, though I had intended suggesting that he should receive more than I.) In fact his command of money having enabled him to purchase books, he with scissors in hand could produce more in bulk in a couple of hours or so, than my pen, in copying at the Mercantile in an equal number of weeks. (Hence, I think, has arisen his idea that he has done more than I.) And then, too, he may unconsciously rate my labour in time with my poverty, being well aware of my experience of “Hard Times.” There are few men just enough to be uninfluenced thus. Had I a $20 per week berth the thing would have been more equal all along. Yet let me do him justice. He has worked more steadily than I. My labor was often lengthy and zealous, but intermittent. He offers $200 for my share, at once, stating that he supposes that $500 would be the utmost accruing to him (or the proposed two thirds plan) in three or four years. I said I’d take $250. Finally we postponed decision. Everything occurred in good temper, and we then descended to supper in the basement. Fanny [Fern] presided as wont, her daughters [Grace and Ellen Elredge] and the handsome silent young lady being present. She is a Miss [Louisa] Jacobs, and “Fanny” had told me her story an hour before. Her mother [Harriet Jacobs] has been a slave down south —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-07-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
African Americans


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