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her.   It is all over.
  I couldn t put that down then, but the murder s cut now.  Tis
all well, and so good night to my scribbling for the present.
  8.  Tuesday.   Sam coming, out with him, I having resolved
to visit the Bethnal Green Asylum wherein poor Price is incarcerated;
Sam willing to make an unnecessary call on an acquaintance in the
Mile End road, on excuse for a day s holiday.     Up the Monument
by the way, then, resisting fraternal exhortations to visit the Tower,
eastwards.     Leaving Sam to make his call, I reached Phillip s
Asylum, a spacious building, garden grounds environing it.   Applying
at the Porter s entrance I was admitted into an inner square where
were officials of amerliorated turnkey aspect, and patients, sunning them
selves, While crossing, one of the latter, a stout, dark bearded man
of forty, (whom involuntarily I half thought a New Orleans American)
came after asking my country, taking me, he said, for a Swiss.
He proved to be one Wright, an actor, one of Burtons company in
New York during 1849; asked after many actors &c most of whom
I knew.    I learnt he was going out shortly.             The turnkeys
intimating that they couldn t undertake the responsibility of showing
Harry to me without sanction, I returned to the resident clerk or
manager s office, where I found a curt, crisp, abrupt individual
lunching.  Was I a relative of Mr Price s?  No.  They must
decline letting me see him,   it would excite him &c &c.      This
was done rudely, just after the English railroad clerk style, where-
fore I responded with covert irony; and on his admitting that had I
a line or so from Price s father I could see the son, commented on
the rules which would then allow me to  excite  him.   Our object is to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Phillip's Asylum in an attempt to see Harry Price.
Subject:Asylums; Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Price (England); Price, Harry; Wright (actor)
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.