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  25.  Wednesday.  Reading, as I have been divers days of late,
certain M. S. of my grandfathers, of which hereafter.   Bit of a
walk in the morning, dropping in at Sam s.
  26. Thursday.  Wrote to Henry Mapother, and to Boutcher,
that my letter may await him at Marseilles.  May time spur
on the hour of our meeting. /  My sisters called upon the Yatmans
to day, and heard much of our Staten Island hero.  How he
had anonymous shirt-studs, window curtains &c presented to him,
how much he expended in gloves, how he was sought after, nursed,
coddled, adored, idolized!   From which I infer that Yatman
is a greater ass than heretofore.
  27.  Friday.  Drawing.
  28.  Saturday.  A call at Sam s, then to Price s, in
response to a letter from him, stating that he had been very ill,
I passed the evening there, Harry speaking much of his disorder
which is a nervous one, subjecting him to all sorts of impulses,
akin he believes to his sisters  former sicknesses which terminated
in insanity for a time.     He thinks it necessary to carry out any
inclination, that others must humor him in it, and above all, let
him talk to them of himself, which he does with a world of re-
iteration.     I, he said, understood him, and did him good.  I
tried so to do, diverted the current of his thoughts into other chan-
nels occasionally, presently reading extracts from the  Doestick  letters,
(whimsical burlesque descriptions of American life, from a trans atlantic
paper.   These he laughed at, and exulted at, partially exhausting
himself, and retired to another room to lie down, when, it being 11 or
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-six
Description:Describes a visit to his friend Harry Price, who is suffering from a nervous disorder.
Subject:Boutcher, William; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Richard (IV); Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Henry; Mental illness; Price, Harry; Price, Sarah; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.