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no apparent progress taught me to feel for
him.   He spoke with no spark of envy of Hart &
Mapother s superior good fortune.  I produced the
rum (which he mixed for himself, weak and sweet)
and we sat till the dull, wet foggy day grew dark
outside my tunnelish attic-window.   Then he left, de-
signing to leave town to-morrow, dropping in at Royal s,
Morrisania, on his way to West Chester.   I sat thin-
king of old Holtein days and of many things till
the supper-bell rang, and then worked all the evening.
  15.  Wednesday.  Letters from Fred & Edward Great-
batch or as they now write themselves   Bristol.  Thanks
for papers   talk of  crops    they have rented, mutually,
75 acres, for next year and bought a team of 3 year-old
horses   are going to work on new railroad during the
winter   so end my  nervues,  as Fred spells it.   Good
fellows, I hope, and good to their mother.  She set  em
to writing, I know.   Poor half-sister Mary Anne,
out on that cursed Illinois prairie which killed your
husband, how you must think of kindly old England
sometimes!   of your youthful hopes, of pleasant Oxford
days, of Greatbatchs many, many shifts and trials  
of your weary four or five crossings of the pitiless Atlan-
tic which lies between you and the old home you will pro-
bably never see more!   Yours is a sad lot.  But
then you love your boys and want to be with them.  I
wish   oh! how I wish I were a success   not for
my own sake, altogether.   Daily necessity, the struggle
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-five
Description:Describes letters from his nephews Fred and Edward.
Subject:Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johns; Mapother, Dillon
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.