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day of his (ostensible) bachelor-hood.      He has now
left; the boy Rawson preceded him in
departure by a fortnight, and the adjoining room
is empty.     I am very lonely.     Have to interchange
a word or so with W. W. with Sol, none.    Saw
Yewell and the Arnolds on Sunday last
  This portion of my life would have its interest,
could I put it down.  But it must remain
unwritten.      Oh lonely life, and troubled brain, 
when will you find rest?    
             x                     x                x               x
  This month has nearly spun past, un-noted.
Towards the close of the past one, the nervous at-
tacks reached such a crisis that I had to take
medical advice.    I described the disease in detail
to Barth, who suggested cupping and the use of a 
prescription which he did (not) enclose.    So one
miserable morning when I felt as though I should
topple down apoplectically in the street I got let
blood to a considerable extent after the manner ad-
vised.      The result may have been beneficial, certain-
ly was not hurtful, may have been neither.   Next
day, however I was almost hysterically nervous, and
in further pursuance of Barth s advice went to one
Dixon, Editor of the  Scalpel   a character in
his way.    The man is regarded as an Ishmaelite
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fourteen
Description:Describes his poor mental health and going to see Dr. Dixon for treatment.
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Barth, William; Dixon, Dr.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Physicians and surgeons; Pounden, Frank; Waud, William; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.