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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 160, April 1850 [newspaper clippings]

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Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 160, April 1850 [newspaper clippings]

Description: Two newspaper clippings including a poem by Mary Campbell [Mrs. George Brown] and a review of her work.


[handwritten by Gunn]

Tribune’s critique

[first newspaper clipping]

“POEMS AND TALES,” BY MARY CAMPBELL, MARY MEL, &c.—A little volume of poetical pieces, most of which have already appeared under the above noms de plume of the authoress, M. E. B. [Margaret Elizabeth Brown] With slender claims upon the public attention, they have been reproduced in the present form, at the request of “a large circle of kind friends,” to “whose tastes” they are probably “better adapted than like productions intrinsically much superior.” The author is right in supposing that out of the charmed circle, they will “appear as very crude and inferior productions,” although there is no doubt of the “excellence and purity of the feelings and sentiments they embody.” The very first stanza in the volume gives little encouragement to proceed.

I MET a lady very fair,

Decked out in fashion gay,

All beautiful she seemed to be,

Light tripping through Broadway;

Her face, all radiant with smiles,

Won my enraptured gaze—

But very soon I was decharmed,

And stood as in amaze,

But it does not improve on further acquaintance. Here is an effusion to an “Absent Love,” a kind of composition in which the author often indulges, the lover in the case, however, being the husband of the lady poetess.

DEAR FRED, I cannot fix my mind

On anything of humankind

Beside yourself. I try to read,

The pages swim, and there indeed

Your image stands with beaming smile,

Before my lone heart all the while!

To other friends I try to write,

The sheets are spoiled, and I indite

To thee! and should from morn ‘till night.

[handwritten by Gunn]

To the George Brown.

[second newspaper clipping]

There are several prose tales in this volume, which are shade better than the poetry. (12mo. pp. 160- T. W. Strong.)




Not that the sweetness of thy holy kiss

Fills my fond bosom with ecstatic bliss;

Nor thy bright smile that wakes within my soul

The joy I cannot—would not now control.

Not that because my head has oft been pressed

Upon thy proud and manful throbbing breast;

Nor that I feel I live warm in thy heart,

Loved by thy soul, and of that soul a part.

I love, because I honor thee as one

Who, true to Nature, is her proudest son.

Who whilst he bears a lofty, conscious part,

Feels the blood gushing thro’ his loving heart.

Who carries in his bosom’s native bower

His sunshine, olive-branch, and fearless power

To stem the torrent, brave the surging tide—

And if for weal or wo, life’s calls abide.

I love, because thy tongue the truth defends,

And on thy mind thy course of life depends;

Because thou are the master of thyself,

And honorest worth, not stores of worldly pelf.

I love thee—ay, with all the clinging trust,

That worships—not the idol of the dust—

But intellect, and honest, manly pride—

The strength that makes thee woman’[rest cut off]

New York, April, 1850.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-04

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper

Maker/Creator: Brown, Margaret Elizabeth Bartholomew

Subjects: Women authors


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