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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 61, July 17-20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03057049

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 61, July 17-20, 1859

Description: Describes a conversation with James Parton about Napoleon.


[car]ried to the door and pitched into the street!

18. Monday. Chores, writing, etc. [Phonography]. Out in the afternoon. Drawing and writing at night.

19. Tuesday. In doors, mostly drawing on wood all the dull day till evening; then to 16th Street where I found [Jesse] Haney, [James] Parton and [Thomas] Nast. A long controversy with the second on Napoleon 1, he inclining to the American estimate of the great enemy of England, that of sympathy and admiration, I to detestation of the callous hearted despot who used all his wealth of endowment to further only selfish ends. Jim thought him "rather excething [sic] in sympathy and love," words which sound like a hideous joke in my ear. I can see well enough how this tendency to hero-worship affects a man's judgment and am not going to take up with the atheistic admiration of unscrupulous success inherent in American character. "The spirit in which we act is the highest man." Not the bloody Corsican but the grand old Duke [of Wellington] who acted out his idea of Duty, if we must have military heroes.

20. Wednesday. Drawing on wood. Down town by noon. To F. Leslie's, Pic, Post and Nic-nax Offices, at the last of which I sold two drawings and found Cahill. Up town. Mrs [Celina] Jewell on a visit to her daughter. Drawing. [Frank] Cahill up in the evening, "things pretty d____d bad" with him as he phrases it. He smoked, I drew, we talked. Details and fillings-in particulars anent Fanny [Fern] and the Thomsons. Mort [Thomson], thinks Cahill, sees through Fanny as distinctly as we who

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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