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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 118, April 11-14, 1858

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Identifier: DX03514699

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 118, April 11-14, 1858

Description: Describes a letter received from Alf Waud.


[Hay]don’s enthusiastic admiration for our noble old Duke of Wellington — a man of men for Englishmen to be proud of to all time. The mob who are dazzled by the lurid glory of that bloody Moloch of a Napoleon, with his infinite greatness and littleness, can’t begin to understand Wellington. He’ll rank higher than they dream of some day, with his noble one idea — Duty. The English aristocracy show well in Haydon’s volume. Their generosity, kindness and social affections, their high breeding show them to be worthy of England. What wretched cant this dirty Democracy cackles against them — chiefly because it hates the knowledge that it has its superiors. To [E.H.] Chapin’s at night, then to Edwards’. [Jesse] Haney there.

12. Monday. Wrote to Rosa [Gunn] and Naomi [Gunn], and to Charley [Gunn]. Down town through the ceaseless rain in the afternoon, to [Frank] Leslie’s, the Pic and Post Offices. Got no money from the former. [Fitz James] O’Brien at the Pic. Return. Put on long boots and waterproof overcoat again at night, to see some miserable “nigger” buffoonery at Wood’s. Rain hard all day long, and now, as I write, at 11 P. M. Photographs from [Matthew] Brady came — I’m going to send em to Hannah [Bennett].

13. Tuesday. Writing article for the Pic. Down town in the afternoon to the office. O’Brien, Sol Eytinge and Bellew there. Gun called on me this morning. He is going to board here.

14. Wednesday. A letter from Alf Waud. Comments on Sol [Eytinge]’s intended marriage as “the only thing that is wanted to give a fine french-polish finish to the aristocratic family of the Eytinges;” says that “Mary [Jewell Waud]” is with child again, verifying the delicate prediction of a nurse “that when she was over

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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