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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 158, October 18-20, 1855

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Identifier: DX03956990

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 158, October 18-20, 1855

Description: Describes an evening spent with James Parton.


[Matthew] Brady's laughed at the hideous blasphemy. Let him [Alfred Waud] go, I can be as well alone. In Boston he purports to assume the title of "Mr Washington Hill."

19. Friday. I turned out early, and went to rail depot, with the intention of seeing Waud off, but faithful to his constitutional procrastination he didn't appear. (I afterwards learnt he went this day's afternoon.) A sunny, pleasant, day, but I still sick in mind and body, strolled about, went to Canal Street, got hair cut, paid boot mender, and the like; then by invitation from [James] Parton, given yester-evening to Waverly Place. After lunch, at work on our compilation for an hour or twain in Parton's room, then to it, at the Mercantile; where at 6 he, (having during the interval been at his editorial labours down town;) found me, and kindly invited me back to dine with him. The evening was, atmospherically [word crossed out] gloomy one, and the change from my expected damp and solitary walk down Broadway to my sad little room [290 Broadway], with the fire out, to the boarding-house table, and subsequently Parton's room, a pleasant one. Wh We had much talk together, I half telling him of my present morbid state, he I relieving me considerably; and in return confidence speaking of something which forms the key note of his present phase of existence. [Jesse] Haney came at 9, and the three of us went out together for drinks at a Broadway saloon.

20. Saturday. Not a relapse into wretchedness, but suffering extremely from its past violence, and low spirited. Tried writing, but did little, till night, when desirous of complying with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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