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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 16, June 1-30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03628774

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 16, June 1-30, 1856

Description: Mentions that his book has been accepted for publication by the Mason Brothers.


doctors prescriptions, taking, as usual, a shower bath each morning. Since visiting him I have had two attacks, of the duration of three days each, the latter however only accompanied with low spirits, despondency, not the violent hypochrondria — wherefore I believe I’m getting better. I am never entirely free from pain in the upper portion of the spine. It is as though the spinal marrow were undergoing some radical change. I find it fatiguing to walk erect. Work agitates me, throwing me into a painful nervous excitement which I cannot master. Yet I must do the little I can get to do.

My book is accepted by the Masons conditionally. They want to publish it at 50 cents, don’t care about spending more than $200 for cuts, and postpone its appearance till the autumn, or rather winter. No books sell now, — it is, they say, the dullest of times among their fraternity. I am indifferently well content, objecting however to the proposed price. I think the book’s worth a dollar [word crossed out]. The matter is postponed. I do not fear that it will get born in due time.

[James] Parton and his wife [Fanny Fern] have just moved to Brooklyn, where she has purchased a house. I used, as wont to drop in at the Waverly on Saturday nights, always finding Walt Whitman there, and sometimes Oliver Dyer. The latter, editor of “the Ledger,” and the “John Walter” of Fanny’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-06-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Medical care
Publishers and publishing


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