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and 2, to F. Leslie s, Post Ofice &c.   Blazing hot.
Rode up town.    In pain in the afternoon ; couldn t work.
To the doctors in the evening, and after an hour or more of
dreary waiting on my part, he came.   More physic and
mustard plasters.  Pleura  inflamed, doctor says.  My legs
are so swollen that I can barely hobble, all my limbs seem
sprained, and when I respire, my side aches and burns ex-
  25.  Friday.  In doors all the torrid day.  Thermom-
eter up to 100.  Extremely ill and weak.
  26. Saturday.  To doctor s.    Down town to F. Leslie s
returning by 11.  Another days bodily misery.  Bellew,
Gun, Cahill and Haney in the room of the latter, at
night.    Boxing (!) in spite of the terrible weather, which 
has set all New York gasping.       Too hot to sleep even.
  27.  Sunday.   Rose about 4 and crawled down stairs
to the bath room, spending an hour there, then to my
perspiring bed and torrid attic again.     All day, till
the merciful sunset in pain, heat and debility.    The
doctor has put me on a Vegetarian diet, whereat I am
content.   For a short walk went to Jewells in the evening.
Found Mrs Sexton, Miss J. and a boarder, Mrs Simpson, the
wife of an engraver in F. Leslie s employ.   She had a plea-
sant youthful face, being indeed only seventeen, was very
expansively crinolined, and said but little, that little deno-
ting small culture.   When she left the room subsequently
I set Selina talking of her, and got an extremely charac-
teristic detail of her past and present.   Born in Philadel-
phia, petted by her mother, ran away from school at
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Medical care; Sexton, Nelly; Simpson, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.