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accompanied with vomiting.   The hot weather punishes me, and
thinking of the recently-experienced home love, I feel very lonely.
Ah! kindly George Clarke, and ah manly Boutcher, how true,
right thinking, and right acting are ye contrasted with those I know
now                     Alf draws nearer to me than others.    I wish
he were not engaged in this business.    Perchance I have no friend
on this continent, save Barth at distant Mackinac.
     But at the bottom of my troubled soul, I ever see the calm,
kind, earnest, face of the dear English country girl, so far away.
It bids me love and wait, and pray to God.     May he grant
that I may not go through life unloved.   The old, old drama
of my first love has passed away, (only at long intervals is there
a sad echo of  It might have been , in the very core of my heart,  
and then I d wish to lie down and die;)  but I am well content
with my present hopes, and tremulously alive to the fear of making
shipwreck this time.)                      Welden has been up, and Banks,
and Alf Waud.   He is ill-content with his brother and Sol
Eytinge.      Banks don t shew well in prosperity.  He swills
lager beer, loafs about, and vents vociferous braggadochio, and
little spites.
  16.  Thursday.   Haney up, and Alf Waud.   Up-town
in the evening to the boarding house of the former, (the Wauds accom-
panying,) with intent to visit Parton, (Greeley s biographer,) but he
was not within, and the evening was wasted.
  17. Friday.  Indoors all day, ill content and unhappyish.
  18. Saturday.  Mr Alcock called.     To the Picayune
Office, where were Levison & Haney.     Dined in company
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Comments on his loneliness for his friends and family in England.
Date:1855-08-15
Subject:Alcock; Banks, A.F.; Barth, William; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.