thought of me on Christmas day and at Rosa s verses. Many a time have
I thought and acted unkindness to her. I see it now. And poor little Sam
was near dying of the Cholera! They never said that in former letters. Ah
what sorrow to return home and miss one face among them! Oh God I
pray thee, whenever it may be thy will that I see home and England again
there may be no such grief in store for me! / Finished
letter for Boutcher in the evening.
27. Wednesday. Early walk to Post Office, with letter for Boutcher.
Brief stroll up the Battery. Then back to Duane. Mose all day.
Evening wrote a rhyming letter to Wing.
28. Thursday. To the Post Office with letter for Wing. Mose
all day. / Thinking of my favourite play As you like it,
and of the circumstance Knight speaks of in connexion with it that it
was written at a time when Lord Southampton his ^|Shakspere s| early patron was in dis-
favour with the court (a friend of his also.) In this light, what a me-
mento of the rich, genial heart of our most divine poet it is! Such a
testimony of friendship and heart-touching sympathy surely never exceeded in
the world. Fancy the solace, the balm to the etiquette-wearied scholar
-courtiers as Arden was presented to them. As Touchstone (philosophic fool)
descanted on courtier-phrase, and the follies of the great world how men
ripe and rot as the jovial songs bid cast all care and carking sorrow
aside as Jacques spake ! O play of Sunny hearts, and
true Golden Age, blessed be the Memory of the Prospero that produced thee!
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-two|
|Description:||Mentions hearing that his brother Sam had cholera, and comments on Shakespeare's reasons for writing ''As You Like It.''|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Christmas; Diseases; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Shakespeare, William; Wing, Jabez|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; England|
|Coverage (Street):||Duane Street|
|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.|