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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 191, April 20, 1859

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Identifier: DX02058032

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 191, April 20, 1859

Description: Describes a walk and a talk with John Watson.


friends (!) were all English or Irish, he [John Watson] replied to the asker, that they didn't pry into a man’s private doings. He considered that he had a right to commit murder if he liked. Upon my observing that, in that case, society had a right to hang him, he assented. If I (a pleasant way of putting it) kept a mistress &c &c &c it was none of his business. We had no right to interfere with one another out of immediate business relations. There was [Frank] Bellew, now, — he had always liked Bellew, looked upon him (Watson) the meaning of a certain affair. (Some little robbery forgery perhaps!) He had told Bellew he didn't acknowledge his right to ask that question &c. What were people down upon him for — they couldn't prove anything — let them do so, if they could. Then he denounced Shelton MacKenzie, who had written slightingly of his writings in Harpers. How things got about! he had told nobody but [Thomas] Powell (!) and another in confidence of his being "on" Harpers'. Then he enumerated various productions of his, stories, poems &c, which I recognized as appearing in recent numbers, some of merit. (The man has intellect of a rather higher order than I had supposed.) He only wrote for money, should abandon it when the necessity was passed. He was here, only temporarity — intended going up in the interior of N.Y. state, where he had land, a mortgage — something or other. The Harper's had been liberal to him. He had done engraving for them,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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