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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 107, March 22, 1858

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Identifier: DX03490431

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 107, March 22, 1858

Description: Describes Frederick Edge.


during the summer on which I returned to England. They slept in a timber yard near the North River, and used to loaf about all day long, occasionally fishing to get something to eat. Once they caught an eel which [Frederick] Edge traded away for food at an eating house. He would go and get into conversation with bakers, admiring their bread and informing them of the Parisian and English modes of making it, thus laying an artful train to procure the offer of a gratuitous loaf, which he and his hungry companion [Frederick Watson] would share together. Edge said he never despaired all the time, and I can believe him. Watson on the contrary funked horribly and wanted to commit suicide. They never showed in Broadway, having, I think, but one coat between them, Edge pawning or selling his. ‘Twas a case of no remittances from Edge’s father owing to some blunder as to letters. I think they had two months of starvation. [William] Levison was very kind to Edge, lending him money and corresponding with his father about him. He did well as a reporter on the Herald, for his matchless impudence — which never looked like impudence in Edge — stood him into good stead. He would have walked up to the President with “Now I want you to tell me all about &c &c.” But he was a babbler, had a world of odd, cold-blooded conceit about him, and I believe got himself into some deputation to [William] Walker the filibuster as “Mr Edge of the N. Y. Herald,” so that Bennett blew him up and packed him off. He used to patronize people in the funniest way. He had a great admiration for my book, read it through three or more times, and talked of the tremendously favorable notice he would get for it in the Herald. I believe he so annoyed the Irishman who does that business for the paper, that he dismissed the book with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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