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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 8, October 2, 1857

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Identifier: DX03408222

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 8, October 2, 1857

Description: Describes letters received from Alf Waud, William Barth, and Hannah Bennett.

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2. Friday. New boarders, hot plates for the first time in twelve months, and the old woman (Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s mother) under orders to wear her best cap. / Letters from Alf Waud and [William] Barth. The former writes that “Mary [Waud]’”s health is worse. She has a slow typhoid fever, and is in quite a dangerous way. An old woman, whom I remember appearing at table, when in Boston, committed suicide by taking laudanum, and this excited Mrs Waud. Alf has secured a nurse. He, too, is confined to the house, having crushed his toe with a 30 lb weight. He wants me to communicate with Mrs [Celina] Jewell. I’m exasperated to think that I can’t, not knowing where she’s got to. / Barth commences his letter with a sad item also. Mine found him beside the dead body of one of his children. He explains his slackness in correspondence as originating in his being out of luck and spirits. Couldn’t get a living at practicing physic, achieved a clerkship on some public works at $78 a month and rent-free house, which he lost in consequence of the works stopping. He proposes a book in conjunction with me. Won’t do. Thus I’ve received three letters with sickness and death in them, in two consecutive days. Letters arrived from Hannah [Bennett] and from [William] Boutcher. She writes as kindly, as truly, as lovingly as ever. With her sister [Charlotte Gazey] and little [William] Gazey she has visited Brighton. There’s news, too, of others. William Bolton is a tyrannical brother and is “talked about” as the father of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-10-02

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Suicide
Women
Diseases

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