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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 21, June 1-July 3, 1856

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Identifier: DX03633034

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 21, June 1-July 3, 1856

Description: Mentions writing an article for Dr. Dixon for the Scalpel about his nervous disorder.


Avenue. [William] Leslie, a tall, prosperous, opinionated Scotchman accompanied my last visit.



1 & 2. Tuesday and Wednesday. Subject to my depression. Working on a big lithographic stone, and writing an article for [Edward H.] Dixon’s “Scalpel” detailing my recent nervous experience. Down town twice, during the afternoon. As usual the afternoons are the most miserable, yet so far improved that the horrible despondency is unaccompanied by hysteria.

3. Thursday. A letter from Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch, Philadelphia. He has purchased 80 acres of prairie land in Illinois, (Sunbury, Livingston Co, 100 miles S. W of Chicago, and 24 from the town of Ottawa.) It is virgin soil — no improvements on it. Finished my “Scalpel” article, and I think, my depression is lightening. A letter from Hannah [Bennett]. To Nassau Street in the afternoon, [Thomas] Bonar’s, the Picayune and Post Office, returning with W. W. [William Waud] Sol [Eytinge], and Brown parting with the latter two by the way, up town. Evening to Dixon’s and sat conversing with him for an hour or so, accompanying him to Houston Street, where I left him. The customary gun-powder flatulence and patriotic pyrotechnics in operation all over the city

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-06-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fourth of July


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