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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 130, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03305822

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 130, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes Dr. Edward Dixon, publisher of Scalpel.

Transcription:

h__l of an article about the Ledger in my next number!" says the doctor [Edward Dixon]. "Why what are you going to say about it?" asked [Charles] Dana. "Abominable trash, Sir!" quoth Dixon knitting his brows and looking like a brigand. He's as characteristic as ever. I could fill a volume apropos of Dixon. Fancy a man of middle heigth, rather spare in figure, trimly dressed in black, his coat generally buttoned up, his face tremendously Louis Napoleonic, large overshadowing nose, heavy moustache and imperial, deep set eyes, rather overarching brows and generally acquiline (or vulturine) aspect; fancy this man generally in a state of extremeness on every subject, an egotist in talk but so confessedly and amusingly so, that you don't object to it, conversing on himself, things in general — what not. He will narrate with astonishing candor particulars relating to himself and the other sex — particulars I can't venture to put down — "altogether too Samoedic" as [Thomas] Carlyle says. He swears tremendously at times; writes almost as he talks, hare-brained hap-and-scramble humor, personality, nonsense, physiological truth, shrewd observation all jumbled together. Has a private hospital somewhere, is married, has a daughter, and publishes the Scalpel as an advertisement. It has lived some six years, Dixon writing it almost entirely.

Went over to Brooklyn last Thursday and stayed all night. [Jesse] Haney there. "Fanny [Fern]" has bought

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Newspapers

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