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  I wonder where Lotty is? Has she ac-
companied Alleyne to England, or merely gone to
another city?      The name doesn t appear on the
bills at Wallacks now.
  27.  Monday.  Letters from England. From my
mother, Hannah and Boutcher.  The first contains
sombre news.    My father has lain sick for fourteen
days of a gastric fever, which seized him while at
Milton, a sea-side resort to which he, my mother
and sisters had gone.      They feared that each day
might prove his last.    But the strength of his constitu-
tion overcame the disease   yet he has not quitted his
chamber for seven weeks.      His cough and tendency to
spitting   both of which left him during the continuance
of the fever   have returned, and he still complains
of a severe pain in the side.     He is thin and emaciated.
 God knows what the winter will bring forth,  adds
my mother.
  All this sounds very solemn.  Shall I never see
my father again?      God forgive me for having thought
indifferently   unkindly-of him at times!   God be merci-
ful to all of us!  We need charity and merciful con-
struction, every hour of our lives!     He is my father,
  poor od man, God pity him!   and if I hear
that he s gone   I shall feel sad, sorry, self
reproachful that I hadn t loved him more   
  I think now of his face, and wish, and wish 
I could tell him how I would have wished to love him
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-six
Description:Describes receiving a letter from his mother about his father's illness.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville)
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.