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memories and faces throng about me, I think of
school-days, of boy-love, of my mothers face   and that
it s enduring has come at last to   madness.       I ve again
had to rush out, and seek company, to sit in the dreary
Picayune Office with Haney, who is kindly disposed.   A
weary time  .    Shall I ever forget it?                  Very
little things set me in a state of nervous excitement which
is perfectly indescribable.  During the rain storm of Sunday
one of the Venetian blinds outside my window was dashed into
the street below, also smashing a window in the concussion. This
on the following day, I intimated to the odious Jew who [word crossed out]
leases the premises, that it might be repaired, (  the pane of
glass replaced.)   After some growling he promised it, did no-
thing for a day, and on the following morning burst into my
room with his jackal at his heels, commencing in a bullying tone
 It s too bad Mr Gunn that your e so feeble you can t
    !  I d been sitting in a wretched state of mind, and at
the insult leapt up, overturned chair (smashing the top of it)
and made as if I was about to attack the bulky coward, who
retreating, half tumbled over one of the boxes, while the his
companion was out on the staircase in a moment.   I then
set upon the door and ordered Myers out   and he went.
For half the day subsequently I trembled all over.           A
letter from Alf Waud, commencing with a domestic picture of 
himself and  wife , by lamp light.       Bellew having called upon
him in Boston, (to give information about the feasibility of
obtaining divorce,)  I on meeting him at the Picayune Office,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Regarding a thunderstorm that broke his window and the subsequent argument with his landlord about it.
Date:1855-12-13
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Divorce; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Myers; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.