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Very much out of sorts, hideous headache and nervous to
a miserable degree.     I forgot to put down that, yesterday,
when I entered Pounden s house, the dog came jumping on me and
making much of me.  He goes on three legs though.
  6.  Saturday.  In doors drawing, all day.
  7.  Sunday.  To Pounden s.  He up and about, his wife abed,
sick of erysipelas in the face which has lately developed itself;
Miss Mary Barr attending her.  Stayed till 3, then to 13th st.
to convey a note to Mrs P s sister.
  8.  Monday. Letters from my mother and Hannah.  The
first tells me that a former letter must have miscarried, that
Mrs Chinner died last month, that Sam is in business at Harrow
on the hill, that my father  is just the same, very miserable
and constantly restless :  I have been,  writes my mother,  obliged
to leave the warm parlor to write this letter to you, and you
can perceive by the writing how cold my fingers are.   They have
received  a very dismal letter from Mary Anne telling about
her affairs and wanting to borrow $400 or $500.   Finally
my mother   God bless her!   encloses  a small trifle  5,
which please acknowlege; do not put it in the letter but in a
small piece of paper that I can take away.   A small trifle 
is it? but ah! what does it mean   a mother s priceless love!
It s her money   the quarter s interest of some poor sum fastened
on her by my good old grandmother.  And that s why she don t
want it spoken of in the letter which will be read aloud.
  Oh mothers! mothers! if God s as kind to us as you are, we
shall all meet in Heaven, some day!
  Hannah, too, what a letter has she written to me!  I read it
with such self reproach, such humility, such tenderness and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-six
Description:Describes a letter received from his mother in England.
Subject:Barr, Mary; Bennett, Hannah; Chinner, Mrs.; Dogs; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):13th Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.