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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 148, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03320471

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 148, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.


His [William North's] "Infinite Republic" at the end of a fortnight had not sold to the extent of a single copy. He and [Henry] Clapp peddled it about at the book stalls, having agreed that the minimum price should be half-a crown. Much more did Clapp relate of North's amours, of the a similar character. He was always "in love" — hot, enthusiastic — idealistic — capulatory — devil knows what! Ada Clare was one of his latest flames, but, Clapp says, didn't like him. He always talked about himself and nothing else to the women on the second interview, and bored them. At first his eager, impulsive, lively talk attracted them. All the novelistic surroundings of his "Columbia" in the "Slave of the Lamp" are simply bosh, but he intended that heroine for a scraggy little girl who had written a book. She didn't care a jot for the fellow, but attitudinized, went into deep mourning and such rot on the strength of his suicide. North’s egotism was so ill-balanced as to incline towards craziness. He told Clapp, once, that he had come into a fortune of 1000 [pounds] or so, that he designed returning to England, hiring Exeter Hall, scattering the money (in gold!!) among the audience, after a revolutionary harangue, in consequence of which proceedings, in two weeks he would be on the throne of Great Britain! He borrowed, got in debt, was reckless of moral or pecuniary obligations, quarreled with everybody — in a word acted as though license were man's rudder through life. What a life

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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