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as she does, all that s proferred as though that
were the remedy, yet drifting off into inconsequence, got
I think a minute s comfort from a pardox   that the
very dread of insanity indicated her distance from it.   So
she went off into Gods  mild, sunny morning, through the
live streets, with the blue sky and delicate white clouds
over head, as wretched a creature as might be, for all
her money.   I am really sorry for her   should be for
anybody in such condition.   What a Hell of suffering lies
in that one word   Nervousness.    There are as selfish,
vapid women as she who never feel that their lives are
based on falsity and by so much are the wickeder.
Now I fear that if Mrs Church were here, she would, 
I won t say triumph, but she would find no pity for
Mrs Gouverneur.   That one thing she lacked   mercy, for-
giveness to others   especially her own sex.   This grew out
of her pride, self-respect self-opinion   call it what you
will.   And that is the one thing of all others which makes
women loveable.  And loveable she was not.     She has
written neither to the Martins, to Mrs Potter, nor myself,
and so, nobody knows where she s got to.   I should wish,
very much to hear from her   the high-souled, generous,
lady that she truly was   high-bred throughout   only lacking
that one thing; there the infernal American, unchristian
self esteem came in   how I hate it!        My Hannah!
you are worth all the Yankee women in this barbarism
miscalled a civilized country!                         What
asses are those who rail at Thackeray as putting too much
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-one
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's illness.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Books and reading; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Potter, Mrs.; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Women
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.