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lunacy will not last, and God grant it may not!     Poor fellow, 
it is very terrible.                          To Saint Martins le Grand
and saw Mrs Stone, in her bar.     Letters of more recent  date
than mine have been received from Boutcher, but all from Koni
juk, which he intended leaving on the tenth of last month.  /
  As I write, Time s finger is moving the dial point on towards
midnight.   How is it with poor Price now?   Most probably in a
mad house cell, and strait-waistcoat, all alone, rowing ceaselessly,
and ever tossing that weary brain of his to and fro.  Oh ! weary
time ! God pity and recover him !
  6. Sunday.  Sam came to tea.  I, in the evening took
walk with him to Dulwich, his wife and Tilly accompanying
him part of the way.
  7.  Monday.  A letter from Mary Anne, with evil news.
Their house burnt down on April the Second, Mr Greatbatch being
absent in New York; little saved and they abiding for the pre-
sent at a neighbours.   They are very unfortunate.    /         Ned
back from Whitchurch, his employment there temporarily ending.
Note from Boutcher to George Clarke, (who supped with us yester-
night, during my absence.)    He, Boutcher expecting to be at Mar-
seilles by the 22nd.         Writing to Hannah for the greater part
of the day, in return for one of the kindest, frankest, most un-
affectedly thoughtful of letters, received by me on Saturday.   All
that day did I carry about its pleasant influences in my heart, nor
yet have the delicious thoughts abated.  I am yet learning to honor
and prize her at her true worth.   And not for her face or form,
(I have seen more beautiful ones, and never coveted to have them
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-one
Description:Mentions receiving a letter from Mary Anne Greatbatch, telling him that her family's house burnt down in New York.
Subject:Asylums; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Fires; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Mental illness; Price, Harry; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher)
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.