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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 16, November 23, 1858

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Identifier: DX03228239

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 16, November 23, 1858

Description: Describes Henry Clapp's physical appearance.


to [Jesse] Haney, warned Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] against them, thinking they might design boarding with them. By the word swindling I mean they owe that amount to their unlucky entertainer. [Henry] Clapp is the ugliest man I ever saw in my life, his countenance almost justifies his nature. He is small and spare in stature, has nothing particular in the way of nose, eyes which glance at you with a sort of stare, and a copious beard. Haney and [Frank] Cahill say his voice is agreable. I dissent. Latter’s testimony is worth nothing, as he is weak and, also, by his pecuniary position and antecedents committed to the Clapp and [Fitz James] O’Brien code of morals. Then, too, Cahill’s judgment about Intellect, literature &c isn’t worth a straw. Clapps tremendous assumption goes down with him. It’s a very common thing when a man is uniformly hideous — Nature being sternly consistent in her work — to find out some detail to eulogise in him. The beauty of an ugly womans hand, bust &c will be descanted on by her would-be toadies. Honestly I don’t think Clapp’s voice agreable. He has sense and shrewdness, and I think did not one’s inner instinct rise in judgment against him, might be, by some considered a pleasant companion. He affects me just as I fancy some of the Jacobins of the first French Revolution would have done. I find no modesty, no kindness, no humanity in him. He took in Haney by his unparalled assumption, mixed with his certain amount of real ability. Haney is, at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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