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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 142, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03315584

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 142, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding Thomas Picton.


publishers. [George] Roberts is very costive about paying — owes me $25 still. I've seen a good deal of [Thomas] Picton of late. He is always more or less inebriated. A hybrid between the literary Bohemian and rowdy is Tom Picton. A very good-humored fellow with a good deal of general knowledge, passes among the generally ignorant men of the weekly press for a smart, able writer. He might be such, did he give himself time or trouble to think, but as he invariably scribbles under the influence of mere temporary excitement, feeling, whim, what not, and always with immense jocular complacency, he never does anything worth reading. When he attempts stories they are merely conventionally funny. His human beings talk florid, roundabout chaff, such as no mortals ever do in life, and are all of the pattern of the fun of twenty years ago — Tom and Jerryish — Corinthian Kateish — and such rot. His English is awkwardly constructed, albeit he prides himself on his literary capacity for the last twenty years, knows everybody, talks enough for seven, and always drinks "Mononguhela plain." Went into Native Americanism, and hasn't got rid of the taint yet. Knows, especially well, filibusters and volunteers for all sorts of invading and martial enterprises; has

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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