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second piece was ill-chosen, and scarcely successful, though not ill-play-
ed.   Some fellows in the rear of the pit had the bad taste to talk
loud, laugh and hiss, slightly, but the play was played out, not
however till near 1 o clock.     Walked home through the moonlit
streets, clamor of policement chasing a thief by the Waterloo Road,
and pedestrian prostitutes about.
  3.  Thursday.   Got a letter, (the third I ve had, of late, from
Price.)   He had called, on Tuesday morning, but I had been
 not at home.            So went this evening.     I found poor Henry
with his hair cropped close to his head, and a bandage with ice applied
to it.    He is now under medical treatment.    Hurrying about after
his late fashion with his cousin, a lad, he was, at Hoxton unpressed
with the urgent necessity of medical advice, attempted to force himself
into a gentleman s cab, got another, and drove to the residence of a doctor
whom he had had slight knowledge of years ago.   He knocked con-
tinuously at the door, forced his way in, told his state rapidly and
continuously to the doctor and others, startling them not a little, and was
finally brought home by the policeman.  Since this the doctor has atten-
ded him.      His voice is very low, and he s suffered much, evidently.
He was very urgent to show me certain of his writings, which he was
sure I should be astonished and delighted with, which would make our
fortunes.     He would go to the United States with me,   this he had
before both written and talked much of.   I soothed him, praised his
writings, got him to take his physic, and as he said  did him good,
as I understood him.    He was very restless, scarcely ever keeping
the same position for any length of time.   Excepting on the matters of
his writings, and the  extraordinary revelations  made to him by his disor-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Price, who is now under medical care for his nervous disorder.
Subject:Crime; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Mental illness; Physicians and surgeons; Police; Price, Harry; Prostitutes; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Waterloo Road
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.