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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 150, May 16-17, 1858

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Identifier: DX02061240

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 150, May 16-17, 1858

Description: Regarding the suicide of Henry William Herbert.


16. Sunday. A walk with [Robert] Gun in the morning, [Jesse] Haney joining us in Union Square. To the "church of the Holy Zebra" as it’s popularly nicknamed from it’s appearance, alternate layers of red and white stone, tremendously pork-choppy in aspect — in the evening, with Mrs Church to hear Bellows. A noble sermon. The man’s a scholar, a gentleman, a Christian and a Unitarian. To Edwards subsequently. Sally [Edwards]'s birthday.

17. Monday. Out to tailor's. Writing all day. Finished story I’m going to take to "Golden Prize" as a breadwinner. Haney came home to dinner with news of [Henry William] Herbert's suicide. At night went round to [George] Arnold's, found nobody there but a little London Jew who called himself an Englishman, had boarded at Holt's eight years ago and knew me. He had just returned from Costa Rica, having been employed there as engineer on a river boat, and was social and chatty. Arnold didn't come, so I went to Honey's thinking he might be there. Found [A.F.] Banks boring a man over a mug of ale. In twenty minutes he — Banks — only produced three of his productions for me to read, two in type, one M S. The latter was an idiotic doggrel called the "Song of the Church Ladle," full of stupid slang — (there is clever, justifiable slang) — and brutal, vulgar sentiment. Banksian grammar — which is to say none at all, too. Talking of Herbert Banks said he had avoided being introduced to him! This I think — of course not crediting it — the severest thing that will be said about the wretched suicide — God forgive him! There's a moral in this tavern anecdote. [Frank] Bellew and Gun came in. Stood at the bar for at least an hour, Banks talking ceaselessly to Bellew. (He went up and effected a reconciliation a week or so ago. As Bellew had licked him of course he hadn’t much to forgive.)

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Jews


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