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with a terrible fear that he might be confined for life.    He shed
tears about it.     The Mother was for having him out, in which
idea I strenuously backed her, on the principle that Harry s fear
might drive him into lunacy, complete and hopeless.   He didn t
complain of the officials, excepting saying that they were very rough
with him in the matter of the shower bath.     Mrs Price had been
advised  not to insist on seeing him,  told she must  take the conse-
quences of agitating him &c.                I do not think these sort of
people are unnecessarily brutal or inhuman, (excepting in  Charity  sup
ported Asylums, when they are,)  but fancy that it becomes a business
matter, so much lunacy, at a guinea per week, and strenuously
discourage extra trouble.             Anon the lunacy of Harry s sister
Sarah was spoken of, by her mother.   That slow blooded mortal
Fraser was  afraid  of her, they put her in Bedlam where she was
vilely used, had to sleep in loose straw, when naked, in February,
was once mopped over, and nearly killed from severe cold and ex-
haustion consequent thereon.        These things I can well believe, in-
asmuch as some time subsequently, there was a frightful expos  of
similar horrors, resulting in the victim s death, at this same In-
stitution.                  Poor Sarah! She was a fair girl, plump
short, and pretty, and a great coquette in the times when Bill Bilton
fancied himself in love with her.     They say, now, that she can
scarcely contain herself at the name of Bedlam.     She had too, but
a month of it.                Authority over helpless creatures is, always, more
or less abused, by men.
  13. Sunday.   George Clarke s calling, with him to Hatton
Garden, per omnibus, the day being rainy, there calling as appointed,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Price to inquire about Harry.
Date:1855-05-12
Subject:Asylums; Bilton, Bill; Clarke, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Price, Harry; Price, Mrs.; Price, Sarah; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.