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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 63, March 13, 1851

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Identifier: DX01001546

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 63, March 13, 1851

Description: Comments on receiving no letter from Charles Brown.


has now been absent nigh a month, and no letter yet. He [Charles Brown] pledged his word to little Mrs Dob [Elizabeth Dobson] that he’d remit $3 a week in payment of his debt, first week produced a letter requesting postponement. She wrote and $3 arrived. Second week and defaulting again, and no more till the present. And the [word crossed out] washerwoman is unpaid. And [Arthur] Mason’s unpaid. And tailor and boot-maker unpaid. And yet he telegraphed some triviality to “Lotty [Kidder]” the other day. And withal he spake privately of me to Alf Waud as one who was ridiculously-easy in sympathy in [words crossed out] great Annie Ward disappointment. Maybe, but he ought not to have said it. Put together these items bid me jot down Master Charley Brown as shallow, not to say unwise also. Well he doth himself the most wrong as all untrue natures do.

I’ve been reading a tale yclept “Kalodah” by a W. S. Mayo [William S. Mayo]. A moderate slice of Cooper, more of [Frederick] Marryat, a smell of Robinson Crusoe [by Daniel Defoe], considerable of Gulliver [Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift] and a big chunk of the Arabian Nights, that’s the material. A gloriously lively, picturesque book, the hero, a Yankee turned Bedouin, one a body-snatching medical student. Bravo Mayo, whomsoever thou art. / Am now studying [Thomas] Carlyle’s Latter Day pamphlets.

“Ten thousand a years’ a paltry book after all. Aubrey, virtuous, intellectual, religious, Tory snob, for he is a Snob. And the count about weeping housemaids and virtuous tenantry, and such exalted friendship and sympathy always manifest in the “first-born of Egypt,” (unless Whiggish.) “Why, all the non believers in Right-Divine and Thirty Nine Articles are, in this party-book fools and villains. Titmouse is too dreary and disgusting to be amusing; jolly Dick Swiveller’s worth a world full of such. There are Shark Mud-flints and Dismal Horror’s I know, — but the thing is overdone here altogether. Thus Conservative overshapping the Tory calf is as great foolery as the back-written-with-a-purpose hero

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-03-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
19th century


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