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me to share his room, but the very act of making him my con-
fidant had relieved me, and I felt no fear of returning to
my room.              The morrow was Thanksgiving day, icily
cold, but sunny.    I had resolved to attempt no work till I
had recovered.      The closed shops and half sabbath like still-
ness soothed me, though the burning, nervous, brain-sensation
continued.    I fed a little more liberally than wont, (for hitherto
I ve lived poorly) at Gosling s, and the coffee had a singularly
stimulating effect on me.    And then, going to the Picayune
Office, I helped Haney a little, proof reading &c.  And at 1 1/2
turned out, and unwilling to be left alone, on such a day,
went to Whitelaws.       The afternoon passed drearily, for White-
law went to sleep in his chair, and I sat looking at the sunlight
through the closed blinds, and feeling imprisoned,   thinking the
whilst of the many genial home-gatherings there must have been
all around, and of Chacombe.            Turning out when the last
beams of the sun reddened the house tops, I with Whitelaw
looked in at the empty Bleecker basement, and then
walked up Broadway awhile.  It was deathly cold.   Parting,
I went to Edwards, and there had a happy evening.   Parton
& Haney were, of course, there.     With the girls and children
we played Blind Man s bluff, Hunt the Slipper and all sorts of
gambols.       I felt more grateful to these kindly people than I
could have told them, for never had I been more lonely at heart
than of late.
  And since then, though low-spirited, and not well in health,
I ve got oer the dread of being insane.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Describes his unstable state of mind.
Date:1855-11-30
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mental illness; Parton, James; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway
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.