Dr. George Alfred Townsend with the non-de-plume of “Gath”, has for a quarter of a century startled the public by discovery, and been feared and berated as the Bohemian of his time. I think he commanded the largest pay by the column of any correspondent, for his original researches, brilliant sketches and political predictions as to success or defeat. Levi P. Morton, our Vice-President, found in him an elegant biographer and friend, whose rare gifts and delineation are known without passing through a forest of verbiage.
Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, Men and events of forty years: Autobiographical reminiscences of an active career from 1850 to 1890. Boston; D. Lothrop Company, 1901. Pg. 160 – 161