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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 150, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03322101

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 150, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes a visit to Matthew Whitelaw and his wax flower shop.


couldn't I bring her [Fanny Fern] to their shop that she might write an article puffing the wax-flowers &c. All through he [Matthew Whitelaw] talked captions, half-dictatorial, thoroughly egotistic, after his hard Scotch manner, I sitting on a sort of rail, commonly used to support his big drawing-board. Presently Mrs [Kate] Whitelaw came and the servant. She, hospitalbly, produced some gin and water. Whitelaw was fussy, not to say captious with her, and there was a complaining tone in her remarks and accent. His great natural, national self esteem and habit of indulgence of petty temper have grown upon him. It grated upon me and set me upon not accepting him at his own estimate as I am at first inclined to do everybody. The man, too, is so cursedly sup suspicious that I’m not going to be too hot upon renewing intimacy. Finding that most people will defer to captiousness and domineering in trifles he has acted upon it till it has become part of his nature. [Frank] Cahill has been on to Boston, appropos of some of Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson] book-making business. Inquiring at the "Parker House" as to whether [Fitz James] O'Brien lived there, he got a very emphatic “"No Sir—ee!" from the bar-tender as answer. O'B had run up a bill of over $100 there; has been giving "literary breakfasts" and conducting himself after his usual Barry Lyndon fashion. [Frank] Bellew gave him an introductory letter to [Ralph Waldo] Emerson and he had others — I question the honesty of endorsing the swindler. He was living at Cambridge, said to be "literary editor of a Boston paper. Cahill

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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