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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 12, April 13-May 15, 1856

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Identifier: DX03625367

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 12, April 13-May 15, 1856

Description: Regarding his mental health.


"The Fashionable Boarding House." So I went to the Office, saw [Thomas] Picton and ascertained that the article was but an ill-written, voluntary, and isolated one. The anticipation of rivalry, however so stirred me that I did an enormous day’s work on it.


To the 15th. A host of things must pass unchronicled. I have been busy, occasionally in great health and spirits, with intervals of subjection to the fiend again, who has tortured me as horribly as during the winter. As I write, I have passed through four days of this. The attacks are ever the same. I have a foreshadowing of unaccountable depression of spirits. I rise one morning with a heavy lethargic feeling about the brain, strange nervous pains in the spine (between the shoulders) and a frightful sensitiveness and irritability to external impressions. The sound of a horn blown in the street terrifies me. I descend to breakfast with no great appetite, or want of it. I go down-town — anywhere for a five mile walk. Pains and depression continue, developing into a frightful maddening head ache. A very little thing wearies me. The afternoon is the climax. —

I'll write no further of it. God help me out of this. It has lasted too long, now.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-04-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Mental illness


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