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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 130, July 8, 1851

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Identifier: DX01031736

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 130, July 8, 1851

Description: Comments on his former boss, Samuel Beazley.


8. Tuesday. Drawing on wood all day, Fonthill Castle, as ‘tother wont do. Girl singing at piano in the after noon. A little harmonizing at night, in which I joined. / Have to day re-read the novel of the Rouй by Samuel Beazley to whom I was articled, in Soho Square days. Mr [Henry] Hart left it, it being here republished (with Bulwer [Edward Bulwer Lytton]’s name as author on title page.) A clever tale it surely is; yet never yet did tale contain a more extraordinary man than its author. Were he truly described, as I, and those of the Office knew him, the portraiture would be condemned as an improbable self-contradictory fiction. Divorced from his wife, (it was generally said on the grounds of impotency), she had wedded again. He had a mistress, who had children, & I believe his; a little harmless woman, in no wise annually or other way attractive. He visited her once or twice a week, & sometimes she him, often have we seen her. We’d find letters of hers lying about, and unscrupulously enough would read and talk over them. One would be a petition for coal, another a detail how certain half crowns he had left were bad ones. His amours were of all classes, many & singular the discoveries we’d make. Now a letter from a dashing Courtesan, indignant at unfulfilled promises, reminding him of his age, telling him that he must have known “twas but for money” her favours had been granted; threatening publication of his letters & asking a notice of them in the “Era.” (He did the literary notices for that paper.) Another would be to him under the name of his coachman. Another intimating a doubt as to whether he was truly a “butler” as he represented himself. He had no idea of decency, would cry “come in” to women servants, when attired but in shirt. He was always in a hurry & in debt. He was the most tastefully [unclear word] man I have ever known Once however he took a whim to wear a villaneous looking old hat. I recollect [William] Boutcher kicking it, it could not be rendered worse. He had served in the Army in Spain, had travelled, was a good Architect, had written two fine Novels, sonnets, [unclear word] & otherwise. He was witty and ready in converse. He had a dread of rows, and always did scolding by letters. He was a wonderful letter writer, could convey the most rankling insinuations, without leaving room for a reply or justification. He did little Charities and liked to oblige.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Working class women


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