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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 132, April 25-26, 1858

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Identifier: DX03526444

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 132, April 25-26, 1858

Description: Comments on Jesse Haney, Frank Cahill, and Americans in general.


experience in a trifling matter to-day. I think it is only because women move in a narrower, more contracted sphere than men. Not one woman in a thousand can afford fair play to a man if he offend her in any small matter. Some men can. They may detest the individual, yet in their judgment do justice to all his good qualities.

26. Monday. Down town early, in the fresh cold morning and sunshine. Post & Pic Offices. Return. [Robert] Gun came. Helped him to get big box up stairs. Phonography. Chores &c in the afternoon, and perplexing my brain for notions for Harpers. Wrote a pretty lengthy article for the Pic in the evening. I feel unusually lonely just now. [Jesse] Haney and [Frank] Cahill walk off together of an evening, to Edwards', with never a "will you go, too," which might give one a pleasant reminescence for the rest of the day. They're naturally more together from their goings up and down town, but I think its more than that. Cahill's just good-humored and careless, the companion of those who'll drink with him and help him to waste time. He came home on Saturday night or rather Sunday morning during the small hours (as usual) with trousers torn, hands and legs cut from a fall. Haney is consistent, just on his dealings, but there’s a spice of dogmatism in his manner which smacks of the school teacher. Besides he is — like, I fancy, most little men (in stature) — has a pretty good opinion of himself. And all Americans are hard — there's a lack of kindness and sympathy about them. They think any need of this — any despondency or sensibility — unmanly and half despise it. They are brought up in an atmosphere of self will. I never yet met a modest or self distrustful American. I've heard [James] Parton, who is to a certain amount tainted by an certa admiration for this

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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