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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 14, November 20-23, 1858

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Identifier: DX03226633

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 14, November 20-23, 1858

Description: Describes a conversation with Hitchings about the literary celebrities of Boston, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


20. Saturday. Writing during the forenoon, &c. Down town, to Pic Office, etc. Diarrheaish. Bath and to bed betimes.

21. Sunday. Snow, developing drizzling rain all day. In doors till evening, then called on the Jewells.

22. Monday. Down town to Office of Knickerbocker Mag, saw Noyes the editor and left stories. To Wells & Webb, [Frank] Leslie's &c. Met [Mortimer] Thomson. Afternoon & evening, wrote to Mary Anne [Greatbatch] and did drawing on wood. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and her brat — the younger one [May Gouverneur] — here this evening.

23. Tuesday. Spent the evening with [Henry] Hitchings, at the house of [Oliver] Hillard's brother [Frank], Oliver having gone to the opera. Looked over sketches with apropos talk. All Bostonians know each other, so I'm not surprised that Hitchings is acquainted with plenty of literary and artistic celebrities. [Oliver Wendell] Holmes, he says, is disagreable and an egotist, entering a room with a look "as if everybody stunk." He, Hitchings, has talked with him of pictures, and seen him at the Boston Sketch Club — where Holmes created a disagreable impression. (The fault may have lain with the club — one is loth to believe unpleasant things of the brilliant "Autocrat.") [Ralph Waldo] Emerson, [Nathaniel] Hawthorne, Edmund Quincy &c, Hitchings has met, knowing the last familiarly. From celebrities to notorieties — he could tell me something of [Henry] Clapp. I am not a bit surprised to find that the hideous little "Free lover" is a scoundrel. He had some clerkish post in Boston, perpetrated some dishonesty in it, which either necessitated

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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