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bitter disappointment well.   I wish
Sally had loved him with all my heart.
Maybe the girl does too, now.         It s
these silent grapplings with and wringing the
neck of some master passion which are the true
struggles of life.    Many a man gets a terrible
heart wound which bleeds within, no one marking
or suspecting it!      To give up the hopes of love
and happiness you had hoarded up so long and
so dearly! to keep on the dreary round of duties
like a man   this is something! well for him
who can do it.       Lamb s life was one of the
truest of heroisms that I know of.   And
he had loved some sweet Alice W___n,
   In the green lanes of pleasant Hertfordshire. 
  What wouldn t one give to know the particulars
of the sweet, sad love of Charles Lamb?
  This day, December 12, passed in doing
chores, writing up the last dozen pages, an af-
ternoon journey down town &c.        To Street
and Smiths, then Post Office, then Pic.   Cahill
drunkenly asleep, Gun and printers wanting copy.
Sat down and wrote a couple of pages, then up
town.     Cahill had been at Crook and Duff s
with Bilington, both getting more or less inebria-
ted.            Phonography   the first time for
how long!   for an hour or two in the evening.
I project, as heretofore, devoting a bit of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Gives his thoughts on disappointment from love.
Date:1859-12-12
Subject:Billington; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.