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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 168, July 1-31 1858

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Identifier: DX03548309

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 168, July 1-31 1858

Description: Describes his illness of July of 1858.



I have let July pass unrecorded. Some two or three days after the last entry I suffered a relapse into sickness which soon brought me to bed again. This time I suffered ten fold. After horrible neuralgic pains in the teeth and jaws, the medecine I had taken salivated me. Tongue and gums were swollen, while sleepless nights passed with blood and saliva coming from the latter. Only laudanum procured me sleep, and that not always. I got to take it in pretty large doses, commencing at night with 75 drops, and making up the hundred during the interval till morning. I was weak to the last degree — nothing but gruel, broth, ice-cream and physic going into me. Doctor came every two days. Other folks came, "Doesticks" [Mortimer Thomson] (twice), [James] Parton and "Fanny [Fern]," one evening, as I lay abed in my attic. The cursed celebration of the Fourth brought me three days of misery in the shape of row. When I could do anything I read (Lockhart's Scott) and tried Phonography, but had to drop the latter for the time. Wrote home. After some ten or twelve days of bed I got about, indoors — not to feel much better. Weather at first painfully hot, then temperate, for July.

The month has gone leaving me weaker and thinner than I have ever known myself. Everything fatigues me. If I go down town it is at an old man’s pace, to ride back and find myself used up for the day. Half an hour’s writing or drawing tires me so that I must lie down if but for ten minutes. I am subject

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-07-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care


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