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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 186, September 21-23, 1851

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Identifier: DX01047686

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 186, September 21-23, 1851

Description: Comments on Thomas Picton.


hateful it is, in truth! I believe no good or happiness can exist for or in man apart from the affections, and among them have feelings have prominence. He [Thomas Picton] makes Selfishness, (in Theory) the centre of the Social System. He has wit, and intellect, energy, fire & go aheadativeness. He has discrimination of snobs, judges of ‘em — He thinks [William] Shakspere “slow.” He has spleen and envy of men with more money & less brains — (I can sympathize with that, in truth!) He was capable of seeing through the hollowness, the falsity & utter emptiness of Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder]’s life; vanitas vanitatem — he knew, when I said it, as we walked down Broadway together, that of all who visit Mrs K, there to vent their dullness and get rid of otherwise indisposable time; there was no jot of true liking and sincere feeling for her among them. Yet withal he builds up a pretty little romance for himself. “He is loved at least,” and he goes to his mistress. Well. It may be so!

22. Monday. Writing and drawing, [John N.] Genin’s caps &c. Afternoon out, to Traveller Office, met Holbook, gave him sketch for poster for engraver; to Post Office, and to Wall Street. Accounts of the Washington Street shindy in the papers, though brief. To Castle Garden, matagrabolized walk, dull leaden rain-portending sky, the face of the blessed Sun invisible all day. Scribbled all the evening.

23. Tuesday. Drawing awhile, Out at 12, to the Leader Office, found Picton’s visitor on Sunday there, others came in. [George G.] Foster came in. Picton not there. A strike had occurred among the printers of “The Leader,” and Tom Frank who we found at the door below says there’ll never be another “Leader” come out of that doorway. Picton don’t care a d_m; is taking chair at a dinner in Brooklyn or Williamsburg. / To the “Traveller ” Office, paper with first Chapter of “Ike Chivvles in London” out, saw Holbrook. “Traveller” is a [word crossed out] weekly paper. Back to dinner. To [Thomas W.] Strong’s, leaving M S of the “Story of Adam Lux”; to Holmes; then sent M S of the original Ike Chivvles story to the “Albany Dutchman”, per post. Dank walk back,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-09-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)


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