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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 24, November 29-December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03234669

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 24, November 29-December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding the poet J.G. Saxe.


he [John Godfrey Saxe] can’t help knowing that [Oliver Wendell] Holmes and [James Russell] Lowell are far above him — and he mayn’t be able to digest this. Saxe has engagements to lecture for months ahead — possibly to read that bosh I heard ‘tother night. His “Sonnet to a Clam” & “Miss Mac Bride” are the only things of merit of his that I know. You always think of Hood in comparison with him, and then he’s nowhere.

30. Tuesday. Writing, essay on “Autocrat” till sunset, when I couldn’t stop in doors any longer, as the day died so gloriously. Rushed up the 5th Avenue, back through Broadway. Writing again at night.



1. Wednesday. Writing as yesterday, then a rush down town as far as Reade St. I have finished article, am not satisfied with it and shall write it over again. It is too labored. I was horridly nervous and anxious over it. Must try again and am sure I can lighten it, and better it tenfold. I’m hard-up and out of sorts. Oh Lord! to be clear of necessity for six months that I might devote myself entirely to “Paul Gower” — I would make that a hit. Have been plotting on it for, at least, eight years.

2. Thursday. Down town to Pic Office and Sunday Times. [John Stephenson] Du Solle not within. (I’ve a story to take to him.) Filthy day, rain, mud, misery,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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