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  I have let July pass unrecorded.   Some two
or three days after the last entry I suffered a relapse
into sickness which soon brought me to bed again.  This
time I suffered ten fold.  After horrible neuralgic
pains in the teeth and jaws, the medecine I had taken
salivated me.   Tongue and gums were swollen,
while sleepless nights passed with blood and saliva coming
from the latter.   Only laudanum procured me sleep,
and that not always.   I got to take it in pretty large
doses, commencing at night with 75 drops, and making
up the hundred during the interval till morning.  I was
weak to the last degree   nothing but gruel, broth, ice-
cream and physic going into me.       Doctor came every
two days.      Other folks came,  Doesticks  (twice), Par-
ton and  Fanny,  one evening, as I lay abed in my
attic.    The cursed celebration of the Fourth brought
me three days of misery in the shape of row.      When
I could do anything I read (Lockhart s Scott) and tried
Phonography, but had to drop the latter for the time.  Wrote
home.       After some ten or twelve days of bed I got
about, indoors   not to feel much better.    Weather
at first painfully hot, then temperate, for July.
  The month has gone leaving me weaker and thinner
than I have ever known myself.    Everything fatigues
me.    If I go down town it is at an old man s pace,
to ride back and find myself used up for the day.
Half an hour s writing or drawing tires me so that I
must lie down if but for ten minutes.   I am subject
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes his illness of July of 1858.
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Parton, James; Physicians and surgeons; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.