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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 144, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03317213

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 144, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes Thomas Picton.

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look sober. [Thomas Picton] Can be malicious at times but is normally good natured. Talks descendental, always. Used to belong to the Bill-Porter and "Spirit of the Times" lot and was one of [Henry William] Herbert's cronies I believe Herbert borrowed money and books from Tom; in a word swindled him every way. Picton's real name is Millin, as I've elsewhere put down. He has lived in Paris a good deal, says he fought at the barricades in one of the revolutions. (I guess that of 1830.) He used to dub himself the Chevalier Picton, had cards with that title on, and wore a bit of ribbon in his hat egat. Popular report asserts him an Englishman, but he asserts New York as the place of his nativity. Indeed he does not impress one as at all American, his Know Nothingisms seeming rather the result of primary affectation than inherent. I rather like Picton altogether. He is, really, a better fellow than more pretentious men. In this "cess-pool of literature" as [Horace] Greeley once termed New York, the man who is not absolutely flawed throughout is almost likeable. Picton, one of the men whom people describe as "nobody's evening but his own" appears to quieter advantage when your’e alone with him. I fancy he like thousands, scarcely ever takes stock of himself — thinks where am I drifting to. Britton (not his real name) is a lawyer. Why he started this

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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