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and oh god may it be thy will that I may soon have one
from thee.    Wife of my heart s deep love how long will it be   
how many Christmasses must pass, ere with a glad cry thou leapest
to my arms, to welcome thy now sad-hearted lover home?
  27. Thursday.  Poor Sander worse, unable to rise.  Suspecting that
he had the small pox I passed some hours hunting about confounded Jer-
sey for a doctor.  It was not till the afternoon that one arrived.  Young
fellow, cigar in mouth, hands in pocket.  Ah   I see! you ve got the small
pox.   don t want any medicine, or anything to eat   be still.  (Then
turning to me)  What are you drawing?      Sander.  Den if I had
one pistol I would put him to my head and shoot my brains out!  Doctor
(very sternly)  Won t you dye soon enough, then.   /  Exit Doctor, and
Sander writes two letters, which I take over to New York for him.  All
the afternoon spent in doing it.  To a certain Saroni in Water Street, whom
I could see, (and as the event proved), didn t care a pin for Sander, and 
to Norfolk St   a Mr Mercer.  This man I found with him, when re-
turned to Jersey.    All the fellows apprehensive of infection.   Walk
with Hughie, the evening, and a most dreary one.  Called several times
at Doctors, unsuccessfully.    Returning found John Rankin i' the kitchen.
Talk sanitory and doleful.  Hughie regularly faints away from over-
wrought apprehension.    To bed.  no one in the room, as Sander had
been removed into a seperate one;   bed stead all dreary, and fire out.
  28. Friday.  Drawing  Mose .  Evening with Hughie to New York.
Up Bowery to the Gotham Baths. Warm bath. Then going homewards
an oyster supper.     /     Poor Sander very bad in his room
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-nine
Description:Describes his efforts to find a doctor for Sander.
Date:1849-12-26
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Christmas; Diseases; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Medical care; Mercer; Muir, Hugh; Physicians and surgeons; Rankin, John; Sander; Saroni
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Water Street; Norfolk St.
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.