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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 128, March 3-9, 1859

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Identifier: DX03304196

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 128, March 3-9, 1859

Description: Regarding Fred Watson and Thomas Powell, who work at Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.


[apper]taining to some M. S. which the sly, obese "Pierce Pungent" as he [Thomas Powell] dubs himself volunteered to take down to Harpers. Old Powell, — wily old dog! — always contrives to get his salary of $10 or $12 per week in advance, by hook, crook ad half-dollars. Well, he might be honester, perhaps, did he not find it hard to keep Mrs Micawber [Frances Powell] and the family. But the man is so sly, slanderous and treacherous, "a speaker against dignities" whom I honor. [Frederick] Watson, [Frank] Leslie's other editor, is a decent man enough as far as I know, has some musical pretensions, no literary ability worth speaking of, but writes prettyish rhymes. He, very conscientiously, reads through every M.S. sent in to the paper, believes in such novelists as "J. Smith" of the London Journal &c, is goodnatured, always praises books sent into review and has never rejected anything I have sent in A rather thoughtful, depressed-looking man, has done a good deal of editing in his time, once in companionship with Edgar Poe. (Apropos of the author of the "Raven" I once heard Powell speak of meeting him, adding, "poor Poe, how drunk he got that evening!" Now Poe died some years before Powell's appearance in this country. Such an inveterate liar the man is!) To return to Watson. He is shortish, bearded and mustached, red haired — that sort of hair which always looks rather wet. Altogether, I should say, he fills his position well enough. I've heard Sol Eytinge talk

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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