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myself, taken one hot day in June last,
which may partly account for the rather
wilted and used-up look of the sitter,
who never underwent the process with very
satisfactory results.  You will observe that
time has bleached me, considerably:  
 His golden (?) locks time has to silver turned;
	O time too swift!  O swiftness never
	     ceasing!  &c.
But I take the change pretty philosophically, and
considering what old age must inevitably be
to all who attain it, have cause for thank
fulness.  I hope to be able to say  Nunc dimittis 
when my time comes without repining.  There s
a passage in an old writer, quoted by Charles
Lamb, which I realize very feelingly.  He is
speaking of a man who has lived sixty years
and upwards.   In such a compass of time,  he
says,  a man may have a close apprehension
what it is to be forgotten, when he hath lived
to find none who could remember his father,
or scarcely the friends of his youth, and may
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and seven
Description:Letter from Thomas Butler Gunn, Wardington, Banbury, England, to Jack Edwards, Brook Farm near Baden, St. Louis Co., Mo., musing on aging.
Subject:Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Wardington, Banbury, England]
Scan Date:2011-01-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.