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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 128, April 22, 1858

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Identifier: DX03523086

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 128, April 22, 1858

Description: Describes Thomas Powell.


very hospitable if you went to see him [Thomas Powell] and used to cut jokes at his wife [Frances Powell]’s expense all through dinner. He'd write articles in the Lantern containing some point which she only would understand, and tell you of it, chuckling, as an extraordinary joke! Generally his productions were awful bosh; full of feeble, inevitable puns, cumbrous familiarities and old stories, which he revamps again and again. You can trace him through innumerable miserable struggling newspapers. When he came to this country, in, I think, 1850, he got out a volume of "Living Authors of England" in which he vilified [Charles] Dickens and ranked him as inferior to Cornelius Mathews! Whereupon Dickens wrote a letter to Gaylord Clark of the Knickerbocker, denouncing Powell as a forger and a swindler, which Clark printed in the Knickerbocker. That killed Powell’s career in this country. He commenced — or said that he did — lawsuits against Clark and the Tribune, which reprinted or commented on Dicken's letter. Also he lied against Clark and Dickens in the most malevolent way. This is the worst of the man, otherwise, though he’s an incurable dodger one would rather laugh at than condemn him. I fancy his sow has a touch of Wilkins junior in him, though I don’t know if he has "a fine head voice." He is very shifty, with a hankering after engraving. So much for the real Micawber as I know him. Sartain of Philadelphia, who gave me a job in 1849, came into Frank Leslie’s while I was there. To Brooklyn by sunset. All about and jolly. Miss [Louisa] Jacobs is in Boston en permanence or for a year or so, to learn a trade — dressmaking or appertaining to it. [Edward] Wells is back at Hoyt St. While talking of him after sup-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors
Publishers and publishing


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