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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 166, June 24-27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03546624

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 166, June 24-27, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.


and 2, to F. Leslie's, Post Ofice &c. Blazing hot. Rode up town. In pain in the afternoon; couldn't work. To the doctors in the evening, and after an hour or more of dreary waiting on my part, he came. More physic and mustard plasters. "Pleura" inflamed, doctor says. My legs are so swollen that I can barely hobble, all my limbs seem sprained, and when I respire, my side aches and burns extremely.

25. Friday. In doors all the torrid day. Thermometer up to 100. Extremely ill and weak.

26. Saturday. To doctor's. Down town to F. Leslie's returning by 11. Another days bodily misery. [Frank] Bellew, [Bob] Gun, [Frank] Cahill and [Jesse] Haney in the room of the latter, at night. Boxing (!) in spite of the terrible weather, which has set all New York gasping. Too hot to sleep even.

27. Sunday. Rose about 4 and crawled down stairs to the bath room, spending an hour there, then to my perspiring bed and torrid attic again. All day, till the merciful sunset in pain, heat and debility. The doctor has put me on a Vegetarian diet, whereat I am content. For a short walk went to Jewells in the evening. Found Mrs [Cornelia] Sexton, Miss J. [Celina Jewell] and a boarder, Mrs Simpson, the wife of an engraver in F. Leslie's employ. She had a pleasant youthful face, being indeed only seventeen, was very expansively crinolined, and said but little, that little denoting small culture. When she left the room subsequently I set Selina talking of her, and got an extremely characteristic detail of her past and present. Born in Philadelphia, petted by her mother, ran away from school at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-06-24

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care


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