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ting out the name of the scene of her decease  
some German or Russian town.     This was two or three
days ago, Mrs Potter being present.  This afternoon
old Patten brings home a letter verifying all these parti-
culars!       There s clearly no deception on the part of
the two Mrs P s, though considering their calibre of intellect,
it would be unsafe to accept their conclusions.      I hear
these things, somehow, without letting them penetrate   a
sort of dead letter listening, as it were   just as though
somebody told me some out o  the way fact in mathema-
tics which I couldn t understand and shouldn t care
a straw about.       Mrs Patten is a believer.    I told her
that I feared she wouldn t win much happiness or tan-
gible satisfaction out of it, when the poor woman, with
tears in her eyes, said I didn t know how lonely she
was, she had nothing to live for, and if she could only
think that she could communicate with those she loved,
her two dead children, &c &c          Patten, who brattles of
his disbelief in the bible, and once asserted over the sup-
per table that Our Saviour was a black man (!) now pro-
fesses faith in Spiritualism.
  26.  Thursday.  To Doctor s.    In doors all day, wri-
ting, though unable to do much.   Ill, in pain, and
very lonely.
  27.  Friday.   Writing in the morning.   Downtown af-
ter dinner, encountering by the way Fred Anderson.   He was
talking to two others, and quitted from them to walk beside me.  He
is now a good-ill-looking young man, small and slim, with
a moustache and whiskers  and false-looking eyes.   He said
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Regarding Mrs. Patten's faith in Spiritualism.
Date:1858-08-25
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Spiritualism
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.