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For W. Waud and Sol   I saw nothing of them, except
by chance at Nassau or Fulton Street.     Whitelaw came up
not infrequently, one week, and I visited him   once, in pur
suance with his invitation of an evening, when others were present,
a young Londoner, and a German or Italian with his wife, who
(Whitelaw privately informed me) is an illegitimate daughter of
Louis Napoleon, being begotten during his Swiss sojourn.  He
acknowledges her paternity, they say.   She appeared a lively,
good humoured young woman, with dark hair and a liking for
dancing.         The evening passed in singing and talk, with brandy
and water, I taking share of each, with the endeavour to shake
off the misery which oppressed and haunted me.  /   But it would
not be evaded, and increased each day.     I was frightfully ner-
vous, and the idea grew on me that I was becoming insane,
till it overpowered every other.        A sort of hysterial affection would
seize me, when I d hold my head, cry, and pray to God that
it might not be Madness that was coming on me.      I struggled
too, feebly, to get into a healthier state of mind,   but felt too
weak to effect it.          Up town I went sometimes,   keeping on
at Compilation Book.        Parton knew, generally, that I was not
in the happiest spirits, and I think felt pretty well disposed
towards me, but I m mistaken if  twas not alloyed with a
tinge of depreciation.   He admires success too much to compassionate
weakness.    We do not meet on equal terms.     He, getting 
$20 per week for his contributions to  Life Illustrated,  living
in a Waverly Place boarding house &c   cannot but see me
in a somewhat pitiful light   which it may be, I deserve.     /
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Mentions meeting an illegitimate daughter of Louis Napoleon.
Date:1855-11-30
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; Parton, James; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fulton Street; Nassau Street; Waverly Place
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.