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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 163, November 1-3, 1855

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Identifier: DX03961438

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 163, November 1-3, 1855

Description: Describes attending a lecture by William Thackeray at Chapin's church.

Transcription:

[William Makepeace Thacke]ray lecture, having taken a ticket for the course of the Mercantile. By eight o'clock, the time at which the Lecture commenced, the church was everywhere filled, many beu persons standing. I saw [James] Parton there. Sitting in my pew, beside an amiably faced young fellow, and feeling very lonely, I thought of the contrast presented by the present aspect of my life and that of the lecturer. I, standing on a four poor dollars, which surface is rapidly lessening, being nibbled away by Time, day by day, am half hopelessly scribbling, — he, wise, and successful, has achieved the highest sort in the craft, — beside Charles Dickens. Thackeray is a tall, large, firmly built man, with flowing white hair, and healthy color, — I could not distinguish his features. He reads well, without attempting eloquence. The subject of the Lecture was George the First, of England. I shall not attempt to Boswellize it, tempting as the opportunity is, for I should but do it indifferent justice.

[2. Friday through 3. Saturday] Wretchedness continued. Sometimes writing on fiercely, sometimes unable to pen a line. Thinking of [William] North's suicide, not with any intention of doing the same, but a horrid dread of being unable to preserve any reason and then —. [Matthew] Whitelaw up once. A letter from home delivered on Saturday afternoon. From my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], and my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn]. There letters speak of cou pleasant country rambles; of Kenilworth, Stratford on Avon, Edge Hil, the prettiest of all pretty villages — Great Tew, and of Chacombe. They write kind, sunny letters, and both praise Hannah [Bennett]. How lovely, from this, my lonely room, [word crossed out] looks that fair, peaceful England,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-11-01

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Authors
Diaries
Lectures and lecturing
Suicide

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