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  Once I looked in at the Bleecker Street basement of an
evening, and as usual found Sol and W. W. hippish,
blase, lazy and recriminating.    I have had, and written a
letter, from and to Alf.                      Sometimes a horror of my
room seized me,   sometimes I fled to it as to a refuge.
And always the dread grew more and more.   Most of all I
feared the afternoon part of the day,   and that if I went
mad, I should see my mother no more.    Of home, of Chacombe,
of my past life, of a thousand things, my mind ranged incessan-
tly.  I felt complete Despair, not one faint gleam of hope ir-
radiating the black slough of Despondency in which my soul was
drenched.        And one afternoon, (a bitter cold, though sunny
one  twas,)  the dread of coming Insanity so overpowered me,
that I rushed across the Park to the Picayune Office, with
the intent to tell Haney of my state.     By the way I met
Banks, (whom I d not seen for some time,) and rather
startled him by my look.      In the Office were Levison, Ha-
ney and Bellew, ( the latter of whom I had heard of being
in New York before.)    I requested Haney to call at my room
on his returning up-townwards, and he complying, told him 
all.          He was very kind.  I went up town with him, supped
at the boarding house, sat awhile in the Basement (where Sol
was blaspheming Levison,   his every second sentence being a request
 to go to H  l; )   and then to Parton s boarding house, to
see Colonel Forbes, he having visited me, in the morning about ma-
king some sketches for him.           From thence we went to the Ed-
wardses, in Broadway, and parted at 11.          Haney wished
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Describes telling Jesse Haney about his unstable state of mind.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Mental illness; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway
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.