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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 23, November 29, 1858

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Identifier: DX03233865

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 23, November 29, 1858

Description: Regarding the poet J.G. Saxe, whom Jesse Haney met at Jim Parton's house, and his tales of Boston writers.

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29. Monday. Writing, then down town to Post Office. Afternoon reading & writing. [Frank] Cahill up for a minute or so at night, for [Jesse] Haney, they going together to Edwards.' Haney met J. G. Saxe, at [James] Parton's yesterday and has much to say of him. He appears a jolly fellow, has a good opinion of his own writings which doesn’t show offensively, makes jokes and smokes a meerschaum. He told the folks a good deal about the Boston literati, especially [Oliver Wendell] Holmes. Says he’s fond of money, aristocratic, fastidious, exclusive, bestows the utmost care upon his productions, polishing them to the last degree, insomuch that his publishers have had to hook em from him into print. He believes strongly in "blood" and married an ugly woman [Amelia Lee Jackson] on the strength of her descent from the Pilgrim Fathers. (She's his second wife — this I had from [Henry] Hitchings.) He talks as brilliantly as he writes and much in the same manner, belongs to a "Mutual Admiration Society — an exclusive on — but "don't pay his subscription" — that is his share of admiration. He doesn't visit much or promise other folks writings loosely. [James Russell] Lowell, Saxe thinks something of a snob — says he affects a disdain of all American criticism and that he refused, very cavalierly, to lecture before "a missed assemblage," on an invitation which any man might have been proud of. He admits his merit. (By Jove, he could hardly deny it — the author of the "Bigelow papers" is a good deal ahead of that of "Miss Mc Bride—" Saxe's best. Of course one must receive these particulars with the usual grain, or rather lump of salt. Saxe may be a very good fellow, but

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-29

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Authors
Diaries

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