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all day, clambering up rocks, quoit playing with
extemporized stones &c.   The day hot and lovely.   I sick
all the time with extreme indigestion.    Return by 7.  I couldn t
eat during the day or on returning   so took pills and went
to bed.  A weary day for me.
31.	Monday.   Worse.

June
  {1.  Tuesday to       Sick, of a bilious jaundice.  Had to take
  10. Thursday}       to my bed and call in the doctor.  The 
three or four days after Sunday s rambles passed mise-
rably.   I couldn t eat, I couldn t work, I could only feel
exceedingly ill, be troubled with abortive attempts at vomit
ing, grow yellow and hope each day might being better
health.   It didn t.  On Wednesday (I think) I went
over to Dixon s.   He was gone to the opera.   I wasted a
dreary evening in Washington Square and his office
till he returned.   He said he had no faith in medecine
but told me the old fashioned remedy   Calomel.   I took
it that night.  Not much better in the morning and soon.
Lay all day wearily in my room, while the adjoining
one was being whitewashed, the din of the carptenters
and brick layers finishing a tall tenement house in our
rear, distressing me.   More calomel.   Temporary relief,
then as bad or worse.    Haney suggested the Edward s fa-
mily doctor on Sunday night, and he came.  Prescribed
 mandrake  pills and said he d come every day.  Long
days in bed, reading, a little Phonography and a great
deal of purging.   People all very kind, Haney particularly
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes an illness, and a visit to Dr. Dixon.
Date:1858-05-29
Subject:Dixon, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Medical care; Physicians and surgeons
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Hoboken, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.