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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 182, December 10-13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03978365

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 182, December 10-13, 1855

Description: Regarding a thunderstorm that broke his window and the subsequent argument with his landlord about it.

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memories and faces throng about me, and I think of school-days, of boy-love, of my mothers [Naomi Butler Gunn’s] face — and that it’s enduring has come at last to — madness. I’ve again had to rush out, and seek company, to sit in the dreary Picayune Office with [Jesse] Haney, who is kindly disposed. A weary time —. Shall I ever forget it? Very little things set me in a state of nervous excitement which is perfectly indescribable. During the rain storm of Sunday one of the Venetian blinds outside my window was dashed into the street below, also smashing a window in the concussion. This on the following day, I intimated to the odious Jew who [word crossed out] leases the premises, that it might be repaired, (— the pane of glass replaced.) After some growling he promised it, did nothing for a day, and on the following morning burst into my room with his jackal at his heels, commencing in a bullying tone “It’s very too bad Mr Gunn that you’re so feeble you can’t — !” I’d been sitting in a wretched state of mind, and at the insult leapt up, overturned chair (smashing the top of it) and made as if I was about to attack the bulky coward, who retreating, half tumbled over one of the boxes, while the his companion was out on the staircase in a moment. I then set upon the door and ordered Myers out — and he went. For half the day subsequently I trembled all over. A letter from Alf Waud, commencing with a domestic picture of himself and ‘wife’ [Mary Brainard], by lamp light. [Frank] Bellew having called upon him in Boston, (to give information about the feasibility of obtaining divorce,) I on meeting him at the Picayune Office,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-12-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Thunderstorms
Divorce
Diaries

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