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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 190, September 28-29, 1851

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Identifier: DX01049516

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 190, September 28-29, 1851

Description: Describes a letter-writing hoax he and William Barth played on Frederick Gleason as revenge for Gleason not paying for Gunn's drawing.


the spawn of Tophet and Gehenna would be damned. Brimstone throughout, applied in the fanatic manner. Then a letter from Henry Ward Beecher grave, eloquent and gentleman-like, preserving his style, and using his phrases in his written lectures, as nearly as I could recollect them, stating that his attention to the subject had been requested by members of his congregation. That if [Frederick] Gleason had, as he could scarcely conceive possible, published the Sonnet through in advertence, doubtless his feelings must be sufficient punishment, but if not &c This I wrote. Then [William] Barth did one from Kate Hastings, the courtesan, complimentary, affectionatly roundful to [Maturin Murray] Ballou (!!) and intimating a wish to subscribe to his paper. Then another frome Jerome de St Cyr, young French artist, (which was exquisitely turned into French by Buchman). This complimented Gleason in a very French manner, on the publication of the sonnet, and stated that the writer of the letter was an Artist, who had found no one as yet bold enough to publish drawings in his possession, illustrative of Ovid, Petronius Arbiter, Catullus & the superb Faublas of his talented compatriot Lauvet. That if Gleason did not wish to publish them he would find difficulty in refusing to purchase them “for his private cabinet.” That he, Jerome de St Cyr would visit M Gleasons private residence shortly &c. / Scribbling & converse all day. Creecy in the plot. A certain fellow soldier of [William] Barths, Galway born, who had deserted in Mexico, after the war arrived. He had travelled round the word from the Pacific sailing eastwards, China, Borneo, England, Galway, now New York and purpoted re-enlistment. Yarns thereof.

29. Monday. Wrote lengthily to Dillon Mapother, & fresh scribbling. Dined & to New York with Barth. To [John B.] Holmes, to Traveller Office &c. Parted with Barth at Broadway, and matagrabolized, to Greene Street. Saw the handsome Philadelphia widow, learnt terms for board $6, attic, told her wouldn’t do, promised at her request to call on the morrow. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder was up stairs but I didn’t see her. To [174] Mulberry Street, then till 7 or so

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Armed Forces
Practical jokes
Publishers and publishing


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