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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 141, January 21-27, 1857

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Identifier: DX03658646

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 141, January 21-27, 1857

Description: Regarding Thomas Paterson, who works with him on the European.

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[sin]gular martyrs to the cause of Atheism gained their end. In 1845 Lord Campbell brought a bill into Parliament expressly to meet their cases, taking the power of prosecution from the hands of the clergy and vesting it in the Attorney general with this restriction “That no man be prosecuted for his honest convictions. The Atheists of Britain have now six or seven recognized organs and seventy five halls for lectures. [Thomas] Paterson appears to have emigrated here very shortly afterwards, and just at that time seeing articles by that scoundrel and father of “Native Americanism” “Ned Buntline” against Englishmen, he answered [word crossed out] them in a letter to the “Tribune.” “Ned” was then at the culminating point of his career, and discovering the author of the attack on him denounced Paterson after his accustomed scurrility. Wherefore the Scotchman started a cheap paper especially to demolish “the notorious hypocrite and scoundrel Ned Buntline.” How Paterson got put in the Tombs and held at ridiculously heavy bail, how “Ned’s” unhappy wife — a silly and romantic English girl who had been attracted to the scamp’s affectation of romance &c — and her parents (who had supplied “Ned” with large sums of money to start his wretched paper) came forwards to Paterson’s assistance giving him details as to the enemy’s career and conduct — how the indefatigable Scotchman

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-01-27

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Atheism
Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Religion
Newspapers

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