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	A Letter from Hannah.
and unsuspicious   how I wished that the eve-
ning could be protracted to eternity   for it seem-
ed as if despair and madness and suicide lay
in wait for me out of that sanctuary.    I was
a damned soul admitted into heaven for awhile
with the fiend s reclaim upon me.          They
had all been to Newark yesterday, to visit the
Crockett s, but owing to a mistake in the date
Nichols wasn t there.        To-night Eliza was
absent, on a visit to  Jo Brown.            The girls
and Jack and Haney talked, and I rallied a
little under their influence.     At 11 Haney and
I left, and walking home with him, I told him
my state which confession partially relieved me.
  16.  Friday.   Out.    To Harry Jennings , the
 World  office (where I saw Croly and Stedman,
and learnt that Frank Wood had been sent
to South Carolina, to report  secession ) and to
F. Butler s, as my  Dog  article appeared in
to-day s paper.  To Post-office; met Banks,
twice.     Return.    Found a letter from Hannah
awaiting me.       Written before the arrival of my last,
two days before her departure from Chacombe to Chig-
well, it is principally about Charley and
his wife.       Little Rosa  writes in good spirits,
and says she finds all the kindness and love
possible in her loved and loving husband.   The
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eleven
Description:Describes an attack of his nervous disorder.
Date:1860-11-15
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Brown, Josie; Butler, Francis; Croly; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jennings, Harry; Journalism; Marriage; New York world.; Nicholas, John G.W.; Secession; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Suicide; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Newark, [New Jersey]; South Carolina; Chacombe, [England]
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.