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6
 The Fashionable Boarding House.  So I went
to the Office, saw Picton and ascertained that
the article was but an ill-written, voluntary, and
isolated one.         The anticipation of rivalry, how-
ever so stirred me that I did an enormous day s
work on it.
			May.
     To the 15th                   .          A host of things
must pass unchronicled.     I have been busy, occa-
sionally in great health and spirits, with intervals
of subjection to the fiend again, who has tortured 
me as horribly as during the winter.      As I write,
I have passed through four days of this.   The
attacks are ever the same.  I have a foreshadowing
of unaccountable depression of spirits.   I rise one
morning with a heavy lethargic feeling about the brain,
strange nervous pains in the spine (between the shoulders)
and a frightful sensitiveness and irritability to ex-
ternal impressions.    The sound of a horn blown in
the street terrifies me.          I descend to breakfast
with no great appetite, or want of it.   I go down-
town   anywhere for a five mile walk.    Pains and
depression continue, developing into a frightful
maddening head ache.    A very little thing wearies me.
The afternoon is the climax.  
  I ll write no further of it.   God help me out of
this.   It has lasted too long, now.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page twelve
Description:Regarding his mental health.
Date:1856-04-30
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Picton, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.