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enough to marry Hannah!    But, oh lord! that
seems horribly distant yet.      I think it will come
some day.
               x              x             x           x          x
  Ah dear Charles Lamb,   thou who, four years
before I was born, sattest down on the last day of
1820, to pen thy love of life, and of this beautiful
earth, of books and friends, of innocent vanities,
of irony    as also thy most  human
repugnance to the vague  hereafter   thou
knowest all about it now!             Thou, and those
that loved thee   how they must have loved thee  
have drifted into that solemn bourne to which
we are, also, speeding.     It is very sorrowful.    It
is very sorrowful.
  I cling to this green earth also.
              x           x           x            x
  And the ghosts of past Old Years rise up
around me, just now.  What a crowd of faces.
And one of them I shall recall, at times, until
my dying day.      I would to God I could love
Hannah as I did love Mary Bilton. She deserves it
better.        x           x           x            x
  There s a wretched ass of a Yankee firing off a
gun or pistol   in celebration of the death of the old
year!        The paradise of such people would be where
they could let off fire works to all eternity.      May
the Devil give  em enough of them.     And so Vale Old Year!
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Comments on Charles Lamb and gives his thoughts on New Year's Eve, 1856.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lamb, Charles; New Year
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.