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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 24, July 6-11, 1856

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Identifier: DX03635591

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 24, July 6-11, 1856

Description: Describes a visit to the Greatbatch family in Philadelphia.


has given him [Dillon Mapother] a temporary heart twinge. A morning in-doors, an afternoon stroll in solitary fashion, an evening partially spent sitting on the stoop conversing first with Mrs [Catharine] Potter, anon with Sol [Eytinge], W. W [William Waud] and [Jesse] Haney. The house has seemed unusually quiet to day. [William] Levison, his wife [Mary Levison] and daughter [Ellen Levison] have migrated to Staten Island for an indefinite summer visit.

7. Monday. Called at Greene Street, [George] Arnold’s Picayune Office &c, and at 2 aboard the Camden & Amboy boat for Philadelphia, taking the rail at Amboy. The day a hot one, the road dusty. Reached Philadelphia at about 5 1/2, got into an 11th Street stage, and to the residence of Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch. It is a corner grocery with plain brick house attached. (He has adopted his mother’s name of Bristol.) Mary Anne [Greatbatch] was suffering from diarrhea, and kept her bed. The boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch], (who are grown into sturdy fellows), and their father attend in the shop, which he is on the point of disposing of, that the family may go west.

[8 Tuesday to 11. Friday] Passed in odd, desultory, sombreish fashion. Mr Greatbatch very closely occupied about the sale of his stock and fixtures, the purchasers and others being present each day, and the boys the same. Mary Anne keeping her room, and looking and talking singularly like my father [Samuel Gunn]. Her indisposition comparatively over, but she very weak. They have no servant-girl, Mr Greatbatch underta-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-07-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century


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