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have no doubt it was the Fever and Ague which is the in-
variable accompaniment of breaking up new land, and which
renders this cursed country not fit for a civilized man
to live in.)   They gave quinine and other medicines.   Greatbatch
lingered for two weeks, sometimes being delerious, sometimes
sensible.   He would say he felt no pain and wonder why
the doctor kept him in bed.   Mary Anne was removed to
a lower room, relapsed, took quinine, was delirious, yet,
at times was able to attend her husband.   At length the crisis
approached   to terminate fatally.                They had bathed
him in whiskey and vinegar.          He was sensible and
died apparently without pain.    I asked him if he was
better  says poor Mary Anne.  He said he supposed so. 
She, a neighbor, (a woman), the boys, and another neighbor
(accidentally passing with a load of hay) were present.
He died without a struggle, no motion indicating pain.
 So ends,  she writes  the short career of my poor, dear,
kind faithful husband;  here am I a widow, my
poor boys fatherless in the far West, to struggle with our
difficulties. 
  It is sad, very sad news.     I am shocked and
grieved at it.    Until towards the conclusion of the letter I entertained
no other apprehension than that the family had passed
through some severe experience of sickness and suffering,
happily ending in recovery.      He   striving and patient
and uncomplainingly industrious (in spite of the un-
deserved hard fortune which beset him all his life long
  to die thus, when, humanly speaking, he had earned
such a right to a prosperous and tranquil future.    It
is sorrowful enough to make the hopefullest doubtful
whether existence does not contain more of misery than
happiness.        I am sure that poor Mary Anne s fortu-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-five
Description:Regarding the death of his brother-in-law Joseph Greatbatch.
Date:1857-09-30
Subject:Diseases; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care
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.