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This idea,   the double-ganger  as the Scots say, is a very awful
one, as I have oft times thought.   Fancy, on a wild night, such as 
this, rising from disturbed feverish sleep, and fed by strange, half-
supernatural whim and spirit-prompting to wander forth mid the
snow drift and blustering wind flow.   The Streets all ghostly and
lone, wind roaring fiercely.   Suddenly a figure passes, turning
his face full upon you,   with what intense Horror would you see  
Yourself!   Alike in feature, look and demeanour.          Or take
it in another light.   I have often fancied a Spirit-self aping
by night my own acts during day.    Sitting drawing as I do.   and
this idea is more ghastly when extended   Imagine a great city by
night, spectral shades thronging throught the streets   the mart  
the bank all full of ghostly  mockers and mowers  of the days
life.   The finest bit of the supernatural in Dicken s is Scrooge
looking up at a disused bell in the lone house, when it begins softy to
ring, and so do all the bells in the house.
  6. Saturday.  Making a drawing for title to Andrew s  Newsboy. 
Joe called in the evening, (as he wanted another book.)  Going to quit his
present leech-selling occupation.
  7. Sunday. Walk on the battery with Hart and Mapother.  In
the afternoon Mr Greatbatch and the boys calling, accompanied them home
and remained the remainder of the day, there.
  8. Monday.  Writing to M the greater part of the day.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-nine
Description:Comments on doppelgangers.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Doppelgangers; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.