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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 149, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03321286

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 149, March 10-16, 1859

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


and what a death! The ghastly side of Bohemianism with a vengeance! [Henry] Clapp asserts that he "knew [William] North like a book" and though during the life of the latter their mutual selfishness and egotism must have again and again brought them into antagonism, nay, have induced the hatred of which only intensely vain people are capable, Clapp can have no more inducement to pervert truth about his dead comrade that is offered by a desire to shine at his expense. I find Clapp does nearly everything for effect. His literary judgments are not worth a rotten straw, he neither thinks or trys to think honestly of anything, has no reverence, no belief; neither his life or thoughts are squared with truth. Nay I am inclined to think North was the less depraved man of the two, the wretched suicide with all his insane vanity, did aspire to something, alloyed as it might be with Free-Love Phallus worship, and His Millenium of invention-gone-mad is a poor business to be sure but better that than none at all. From one ugly man to another: I visited [Matthew] Whitelaw one Sunday night. Found him in a rear back room, at night on a "make your own beer" design. He began to talk of himself, as usual, his excellence in making wax-flowers, his teaching his wife [Kate Whitelaw], Church the artist &c. He showed me a design of his for Church's big South American picture, said, he, Whitelaw, had designed the title of the Ledger. Did I know Fanny Fern?

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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