Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page eighty-nine

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Identifier: DX03078192

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 89, August 19, 1859

Description: Comments on James Morris.


going up town with him [Frank Cahill]. His three days labor on the Courier produced him only $4. [A.F.] Banks, as [Frank] Bellew expresses it, has formed a “criminal connexion” with the Saturday Press; apropos of which I learn that [Henry] Clapp’s little Boston indiscretion was a forgery. [James] Morris I find a gentlemanly amiable fellow of narrow calibre, thoroughly out of place in his present position. He is exceptional and sensitive as to small things and people, no-wise philosophic, analytical or at ease in this working day world. Like others of the class whom I have known he inclines to small punning. His work is done very conscientiously, but weakly. Capable perhaps of occasional excellent essayish articles he is nowise up to the moment in the rough and tumble of New York journalism. [Bob] Gun meditates bowing him out civilly. Morris inclines to melancholy and isn’t a healthy man. Nor does he seem to have hold of himself, to know his capacities. Mrs [Mary] Levison lives in Houston St. Little Miss [Sarah] Maguire gave me a stray item anent Mrs L’s “flirting” and being a “very gay widow” with certain members of [E.H.] Chapin’s church, previous to her journey to Europe. The little sempstress [seamstress] picked this up at a house where she was sewing at. Our male boarders do a good deal of visiting over the way, to the development of much jealousy among

Item: Diary

Rights: Public Domain (no known copyright)


Dates: 1859


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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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