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  Greatbatch is dead.      I have received a letter
from Mary Anne, with details of the sickness
of the entire family, terminating fatally in the
case of her husband.      On his return from Ottawa,
whither he had gone to purchase boards to build a
temporary shed to put wheat in, he was seized
with sickness, Fred being attacked next day.
Poor Mary Anne writes that she  had her hands
full,  the neighbours not being cognizant of the
sickness did not call till four days subsequent,
at which time she, herself, was seized with the
malady, while engaged in baking bread, and
Edward absent.       They had sent to New Mi-
chigan two days back, but the Doctor had left
his office for a journey to Pontiac.     Mr Greatbatch
didn t want to have a Doctor, at all   they sent,
therefore to purchase medecine   got calomel and
rhubarb, but it produced little effect.   Greatbatch
was in a high fever, accompanied with sickness
at the stomach, and Fred vomiting.        Mary
Anne had  crawled out of bed  when the Doctor
appeared, fetched a pail of water, gave them
medecine, and procured assistance from the neigh-
bours.           These turned out willingly to help them,
relieving each other in watching.          The Doctor
called the disease bilious, remittent fever; Fred s
sickness seeming to be of an aqueish nature.    (I
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-four
Description:Regarding the death of his brother-in-law Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Diseases; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Physicians and surgeons
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.