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to each other, being in the house when a letter
came.    She wanted to see it   and didn t   rallied
Hannah, and promised not to hand the matter to
be cackled over by the Boltons.   She   Rosa.  likes
Hartley very much  and is at feud with Rosa Bol-
ton.      Charley gives little Rosa  20 watches  &c,
and so is in the ascendant again.
  Lastly Hannah writes of a dream of hers.    Now
I never began to attach one grain of faith to the like,
being indeed, for an imaginative person, horribly ratio-
nal towards such.    All mystic impressions are
exceedingly temporary with me.    Yet this dream 
gave me a sort of cold shudder, such as a man might
feel if he were told that he was essentially false,
and that annihilation awaited him at death.
  She dreamed that we were to be married, at the
little village church, had dressed for it, and  as
is usual in High Life   I had preceded her to
await at the altar the coming of my bride.   She
plainly remembers walking up to the church with her
mother and [word crossed out] sister.    When she reached the
altar I was not there, or to be found, in all
the Church.   She stood  as if petrified ,  Mary
started to look for me, but did not come back.
 I could not help thinking how strange a dream
it was,   writes Hannah   
  A very strange dream.  And I have been thinking
strongly of it all day.     It frightens me as 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Regarding a dream Hannah Bennett had in which she could not find Gunn at their wedding.
Date:1856-12-08
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mary; Bennett, Mrs.; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Dreams; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hartley; Marriage; Women
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.