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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 85, October 11-14, 1856

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Identifier: DX03692936

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 85, October 11-14, 1856

Description: Gives his opinion of A.F. Banks.


father [Charles Jewell] for some pecuniary rascality he [Francis Sexton] had committed.)

12. Sunday. Over to [James] Parton's in the afternoon, and stayed till 10 or so. Returning to New York met [A.F.] Banks in Broadway. He had been rambling to Harlem with [Frank] Bellew, throughout the day. We took lager at Ittners. Banks was unusually dogmatic, wrong headed, paradoxical, disputatious and generally offensive. I let him have his way, mostly, studying him. How can I, at any time have got up any sort of sympathy or liking for such a man? Yet I used to lie awake, planning for the nuisance's welfare? His every opinion is expressed insultingly, and at war with common sense. He is the worst bred individual I have ever met. His dogmatism and conceit — now that he isn’t a beggar — is something wonderful. His self-complacency — which I formerly took for hopefulness and good temper — is an insult to any one in whose company he chances to be.

13. Monday. In doors drawing, and returned uptown with Bellew, looking in at Appleton's store, (where Bellew has engaged an office) by the way. The Firemens annual parade in operation, thoroughfare blockaded. Looking on at the red shirts and fire engines all the afternoon, from our parlor window, as the procession defiled down Bleecker. To Edwards' at night. [Jesse] Haney there. Rain storm at night.

14. Tuesday. Dull, dank, cold and dismal.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fire fighters


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