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snob Surtees, in a comfortablish upper room, and
presently Mrs Mason appeared.   The former Jane
Gibson looks plump, good humored, and pleasant.     I
got very little fragments of news from them.     Alfred Brown
or Albert (I think the latter) is said to be married,
at Troy.     Mr and Mrs Morse (nee Kidder) are as
I knew at Poughkeepsie.     Of Lotty little is known,
(and Mason said he didn  t want to know.     There are
rumors of her being companion of a lady in Canada, seen
in New York, flitting hither and thither   that s all.
Her mother know naught of her.       Walked back
through the moonlight streets all hideous with barricades
of dirty ice, with strange thoughts in my head about
this awful mystery of Existence.      And like Homer s
Bellerophon I seem to be out of all sympathy with others,
 devouring my own heart.  Very bitter food too.   I seem
to have reached a strange stationary point in my existence,
but see every thing through a most ghastly medium.    I
fancy this great world spinning on remorselessly through
systems of worlds, the miseries, hopes, anxieties   the
finite nothings                    I felt like the Wandering Jew.
I tried to think of the words  Ye are of more value than
many sparrows  but they fell coldly, improfitably on me.
Oh God, that I could believe and hope more.   Dear God
to believe and pray like Hannah!
  21.  Thursday.   Writing letters, being incapable of
aught else, and doing that with difficulty, to Greatbatch
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and six
Description:Describes a visit to Mason and his wife Jane.
Date:1856-02-20
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Brown, Albert; Brown, Alfred; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Morse; Surtees
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.