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get our patients well, and   &c.      Which is a laudable one,
and in Mr Price s case I trusted they d have better success than
in the case of an unfortunate Aunt of mine, who spent some ten
or fifteen years in that establishment, finally dying there! 
Would I step this way.   Certainly!   What was my Aunt s name?
Millicent Butler.     So the entry being found, the crisp man
grew civiler, and talked about Price, and  no coercion  and much
more, and wanted to know whether I was an Englishman, get-
ting hugely inquisitive about America.     Finally I was offered the
facility for seeing Harry from an upper window, which had been 
yesterday granted to his parents.   Accepting this, I was taken
into a clean hospital-like bed-room, where from the partially closed
window I could look over certain courts, (each with its insane inhab
itants,)  and spy Harry pacing up and down, arm in arm with
a stalwart keeper.    He looked tranquil.                 Rejoining Sam,
we returned on omnibus-top.              The Miss Stokes  and their
mother at our house subsequently.
  {9. Wednesday       In-doors. Mostly water-coloring, with
  10.  Thursday}       some scribbling.
  11.  Friday.  Dropped in at George Clarke s for an hour or
so.     Writing & drawing.
  12. Saturday.  To Price s in the evening, conversing with
Harry s mother, (who had just returned from a visit to him;) his
brothers, aunt, and diminutively pretty cousin, (sister to Albina,
who has gone away.)     Mrs Price described Harry as being per-
fectly sane, to all appearance, conscious of having written nonsense,
of his past delirium, very quiet, but low-spirited and haunted
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Price to inquire about Harry.
Subject:Albina; Asylums; Butler, Millicent; Clarke, George; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Price (England); Price, Harry; Price, Miss; Price, Mrs.; Stokes, Miss; Stokes, Mrs.
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.