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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 75, January 12-13, 1859

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Identifier: DX03261261

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 75, January 12-13, 1859

Description: Regarding William Leslie's enthusiasm for buying books by Scottish authors.


To [Park] Benjamin's, [Alfred] Swinton accompanying me to the door. There till 9 1/2.

13. Thursday. Office; walking down town with [Jesse] Haney and overtaking Bob Gun. He — the latter — is getting to look fat and sensual and very like Henry the eighth. At office till 1 1/2, out once, to publishing office of a defunct Magazine and to buy "Noctes Ambrosianae for [William] Leslie." It's amusingly characteristic of his nationality his "going in" for Scotch authors to fill his recently-purchased bookcase. Of all things in the world I suppose geology to be most foreign to him, yet because a Scotchman named Hugh Miller suddenly blows himself into eternity and celebrity by a pistol-shot, Leslie, his countryman, must needs not only buy, but read his published works; wading through the geologic names with infinite difficulty and with many references to glossary. There's something thorough and commendable in this intense nationality. I never met an Englishman who bought a book simply because it was written by one of his countrymen. We are broader — natured — don't keep our souls running in narrow, deep channels as they do. Leslie swears by Miller, as he will swear by Kit North and the rest of Maga's glorious blackguards — getting withal a most confused sense of what they were and meant. Editorializing at home till 9 1/2. An hours call at the Jewell's. I am convinced that Americans have very limited, imperfectly developed conceptions of fun. Here are two cases in evidence.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Scots
Books and reading


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