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              George Bolton s Wife dying.
	             June.
  1.  Saturday.   This from George Bolton:
		Paris.  Wednesday night.
 My dear friend T. Gunn,
		I know not how to
answer your letter, for I feel so overwhelmed
with misery, inasmuch as I write it listening
to the terrible laugh of my delirious wife and
the crying of my child   I fear she cannot re-
cover, and   oh! Heaven! what do I feel?  
if there was one soul here that loved us   one
to speak to me   I think I could bear it   but
there is not one   and oh! how utterly desolate
and heart-broken I feel!   am I not mad to
feel so weak when I should be strong   but oh!
my brain burns   I have looked death in the
face when I have been as abandoned and soli-
tary as I am now   I did not tremble then   but
oh! to see it approach thus, my darling Wife,  
Tom, Tom! do not go away till you have been
up to see me   you are the only one   only friend
whose words now could do my heart good   oh!
if you knew how fondly we have been expecting
you, to sit with us beneath our shade-tree in
these quiet summer evenings   if you knew how we
have loved each other   I risked all for her  
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and nine
Description:Regarding George Bolton's dying wife.
Date:1861-06-01
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Paris, [Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.