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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 192, April 20, 1859

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Identifier: DX02058674

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 192, April 20, 1859

Description: Describes a visit to Richard Edwards and a talk about Mrs. Neff's conversion to Mormonism.


years ago. They [Harper and Brothers] were very kind to him [John Watson]. He had seen [Solomon] Eytinge once, in the editorial room. I think myself paid for walking up-town in his company by this indirect self-revelation on the part of a scoundrel. His talk, all along, amounted to a sort of apology for being what he was. How true it is that no man is content to appear a villain, that evil is so repugnant to the worst of men that they try to prove it not so very evil, thereby unconsciously recognizing good. I had a bit of a tumble and came within a foot of being run over during this walk, while crossing Broadway. Drawing & chores in the afternoon, up to 39th St in the evening. Mrs Neff and her husband, who has joined her, over in Jersey. Had a smoke with Mr Richard Edwards and another Banbury man in the basement. This Mr Mann had known my South Newington kinsfolk, and gone to school with my cousin Harry; he who went to Australia, thence to California, from whence he was nevermore heard of. Got some particulars of Mrs Neff, from Edwards. The woman got "converted" to Mormonism in New York, twenty years ago, went with her first husband to, I think, Nauvoo. He, an honest Englishman, wouldn't take up with the gospel of Joe Smith, wherefore she abandoned him for another "husband," and Beers — that was the name of the first — found his way back to New York, being two years on the journey. Subsequently he died in England. Her kinsfolk were naturally shy of mentioning details about their sister.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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