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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 51, December 23-24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03141268

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 51, December 23-24, 1858

Description: Regarding hearing about the death of Mort Thomson's wife, Anna Van Cleve Thomson, from Mr. Thatcher.

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which pleased him [Park Benjamin] mightily. Then he read half an hour of a lady-contributor’s production until I cut it short by pleading a down town engagement. Omnibus ride thither. To Constellation Office, left M.S. with printer &c then to "Omnibus" office — a paper [Thomas] Picton's on, and from the editor of which I got a letter requesting me to call yesterday. Took away M.S. to illustrate &c. To Post Office. Then going to the Nick nax office, heard from Thatcher a sad piece of news.

Doesticks’ [Mortimer Thomson's] wife [Anna Thomson] — Doesticks pretty, good, kind, innocent, little wife is dead. It occurred yesterday, twelve hours after she had given birth to a son [Mark Thomson]. I am as sorry for it as one can be for one not of kin or dearer related. There is not a soul that knows them but will be saddened by the news. "Aged 18 years and two days." Poor child! — married too young perchance! And poor, poor Mort! He loved her very dearly and had known her from a child.

These things "knock" one painfully. It's all well with her, though. I wish to God I could have died as young and as innocent. To Pic Office and with [John A.] Wood to Crooks where we found [Bob] Gun and [John] Mc Lenan. Up Broadway to the little office, left Wood there and to Bleecker. In-doors all the afternoon. Went to see the Jewells in the evening.

24. Friday. Writing awhile, going down town at noon, calling for [Jesse] Haney at the "Courier" office and with him to Brooklyn. A cold, clear, bright day, the sun shining cheerily — and we were bound to "Chips" funeral. Talking of her

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-12-23

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Death
Women
Newspapers
Childbirth
Diaries

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