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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 131, April 24-25, 1858

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Identifier: DX03525604

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 131, April 24-25, 1858

Description: Comments on honesty.


Right. Such a man [Fitz James] O'Brien would scorn and detest — see nothing endurable in him. But, oh! what a paltry, shabby, mean buck is the Irishman in comparison! The injustice and swindling that follows in his trail! Think of the lives of [David] Wilkie and [Benjamin Robert] Haydon, as exhibited in the autobiography of the latter. Wilkie the awkward, economical Scotchman, who wouldn’t buy paper for his fellow students until they advanced the money — yet when his picture of the Blind Fiddler was a success what do we find him doing. Sending dresses and presents to his poor old mother and sisters in Scotland! While poor Haydon was depleting his father's purse and those of others as long as he lived. And Wilkie would lend Haydon money, too, — the greater effort and the kinder that he knew the value of it and didn't borrow, himself. One's life was based on true principles — it all lies there. The other, noble as were some of its aspirations — had a warp and flaw throughout, through which its unhappy owner — poor fellow creature, God pity him — and all of us! — dropped into the miserablest ruin.

25. Sunday. Talking in the parlor with Mrs Church. Half an hour’s phonography in Washington Square, Rawson Gill being with me. A dull, brooding day, with an east-winderly dampness latent in it. Afternoon reading and sleeping. Evening to [E.H.] Chapin's. Subsequently to Edwards'. Matty [Edwards] has returned from Rochester, but I didn't see her, the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] having gone to bed. Axiom. Expect anything, love, mercy, long-suffering, limitless forgiveness, from women rather than Justice. There's something like this in Reade, but I dug it out of my own

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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