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into effect by him and carpenter sans arrangement with Greatbatch.
Well. The man now sends in his bill, which amounts to 2000,
or $3000, to the surprise of both, at the sum. Great-
batch is unwilling to bind himself to pay $400 yearly;  
(he had agreed to hand over $1000 to Alcock as part payment
for the firm,) and so the matter rests.    $1000 Greatbatch
wants for stock, furniture &c,   to keep on.    Mary Anne
was crying, and after much talk, they departed for Long
Island, leaving purchases here, and unknowing whether they d
throw up the whole business, and start afresh in life.        I
dined at 3  , went to Post Office, returned, saw Sol and
W. Waud in at Wurzbach s, and sat till 12 in my den
  9. Sunday.  A dark and persistently rainy day.  In doors
and dismal till the afternoon, when to Bleecker Street, and
after supping, to the Edwards  with Haney.
  To the 13th, Thursday.   The old horror upon me again
with tenfold violence, accompanied with extreme physical illness.
The form of it thus, as closely as I can put down.  Rising in
the morning with the old terror of  another newsday,  I get to work
with an anxious desire to do a great deal, and a secret dread of
failure, which helps to produce it.    An hour after noon and I
have a burning throbbing headache, succeeded by a despondency, or
rather feeling of utter despair, which is perfectly indescribable.
I seem to have no power to cast it off or reason against it.
And then comes a terrible hysterical affection, which sets me cry-
ing, and holding my head between my hands in agony.   Old
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Describes a visit from the Greatbatch family.
Subject:Alcock; Eytinge, Solomon; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mental illness; Waud, William; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.