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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 108, February 8-10, 1859

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Identifier: DX03287961

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 108, February 8-10, 1859

Description: Regarding the letters of Shelton MacKenzie.


a line inviting me to call on her [Kate Whitelaw] and him [Matthew Whitelaw]. I had thought them in England. A letter from Alf Waud. All well, "Mary [Waud]" skating in common with all Boston just now, Mrs [Celina] Jewell expected on a visit this day. [Henry] Clapp victimized [Jesse] Haney only to the extent of $1.50. His morals (!) pecuniarily and socially are a counterpart with [Fitz James] O'Brien's, but he has more shrewdness in his rascalities, not the extravagant, grandiose swagger of the Irishman. Talking of Irishman, there's that old "blower" Shelton MacKenzie, in a "London letter" written at Philadelphia, to the Constellation," vilifying and lying about [William Makepeace] Thackeray in a thoroughly Celtic manner. Reason; Thackeray's Irish Sketchbook and Irishmen in his novels; which Irishmen can not forgive. And when they hate they lie: they can't be fair to an evening. Some time ago MacKenzie put Doyle above florious John Leech (!) as an artist; attributing Punch's decadence to the Irishman's retirement. Bah! Erin go Brag! Brag! Brag! I wonder how many Generations it takes to graft something like veracity, and fair play into the Celt — whether it can be done, after all!

[9. Wednesday and 10. Thursday] Busied about "Omnibus" work &c; some time wasted apropos of Restaurant article, by that indecisive noodle Bob Gun. [Frank] Bellew not showing at the police court the case is indefinitely postposed. Saw a good deal of

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-02-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish
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