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overtaken by no car, walked the two miles, through the clear
frosty snow covered streets; musing not unhappily in many
matters.         To my quiet room, and not as last  night, to
lie awake for some three hours, restless Imagination roving every
where, scanning crowds of faces known now, in old time, at all
times;   speculations on the mightiest questions; Creation, Existence,
Salvation,   linked with every day plans of what I d have to do
on the morrow.      Thoughts of home, of my Mother, of her dead
father and mother,   of a thousand things               But this
night I sunk at once into sound, fatigue-induced sleep, little
exercise, had caused the walk to tire me.         And towards the mor-
ning I dreamt a dream.        Tis idle putting it down, but for
the latter part of it I must do it.            An incongruous business, ad-
mitting however an unadmittable silly sectarian sort of interpretation.
I was frightening, deriding people, running up and about
a great staircase, more or less mistily present, thus for a long
time;   there was a mighty venerable figure, impressed upon me
at the time as Michael Angelo s Moses, I assaulted, threw
mire upon, I think.          And then suddenly I was humanized,
  somehow by the means and presence of Mary Bilton.        She
was with me, her face and presence so real   more so than
I can recall it in waking moments.      And I,   (it was under-
stood,)  was to be, at once, married to her.  My mother was
there, preparing her dress, and others, all about.   So distinct
was it, that in my dream I was reflecting on the most unlooked
for suddenness of it, of what Barth, Waud, Damoreau would
say, when they heard of my getting married.      I was striving to un-
derstand how it could be, thinking that indeed this termination
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes a dream he had, in which he was preparing to marry Mary Bilton.
Date:1853-12-20
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Butler (Grandfather); Butler, Mrs. (Grandmother); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dreams; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.