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appear absurd.  But the misery is very Real now, and per
haps the more so, that it is, as it were self made.
  I find the following passage in Goethe s  Werther    a book
which Parton has lent me   (had he known all my thoughts,
I question whether the loan would have been a prudent one.)
   It is in vain that a man of sound mind understands
the condition of such a wretched being, in vain he counsels him!
He can no more communicate his own wisdom to him, than
a healthy man can instil his strength into the invalid. 
  7. Wednesday.  Writing,   close. Making progress.  Bet-
ter, but physically ill.  Down town to Post Office, and met
little Haney, (who greeted me sympathizingly, I thought) Writing
till 1.
  8.  Thursday.  Writing, not happily, but going on.
Evening to Thackeray s third Lecture, on George the Third,
and I itch to be Boswellizing it.   By Jove I could do it
better than half the daily papers.     A most noble, touching pero-
ration was there, presenting the blind, deaf, mad, unhappy
old king,   as fine, as beautifully given as anything I ever
heard spoken.      Brave and good man, Thackeray! true
English heart! not alone to touch on the poor, obstinate, but
well-meaning king s foibles and follies, but to present him
on his knees, praying for his family, his wife, his subjects,
and last for his old, unhappy self.        Wise and kind it is
to teach pity and humanity to it us, for oh! how we need
it, one towards the other!                              Parton join-
ed me after the lecture, and we had a cigar and a glass of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Includes a quote from Goethe's ''Werther'' which illustrates Gunn's present state of mind.
Subject:Books and reading; George III, King of Great Britain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lectures and lecturing; Parton, James; Thackeray, William Makepeace
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.