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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 26, July 8-13, 1856

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Identifier: DX03637296

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 26, July 8-13, 1856

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

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the publisher Peterson’s, — a thickset, bull-headed looking man — and collected $8 for [William] Levison. Also visited the publishing office of the Saturday Evening Post, on my own account. (This was all the attempt I made at business.) Wrote letters to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], Dillon [Mapother], Alf Waud and his brother [William Waud]. The days passed rather gloomily, my health and spirits not being of the best. Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch was unostentatiously kindly, and talked of Illinois. What a weary experience have they had of it, and how enduringly he has met all. Poor Mary Anne [Greatbatch]! she needed sympathy and hope for herself, yet found it for me!

I could never have endured what her husband has. I should have gone mad, or committed suicide long ago. He will end in success — and deserves it.

If there be one word that contains more of the essence of Hell than another it is — Poverty. It means fear, self-distrust, sickness — deterioration of mind and body, life long Misery.

12. Saturday. Return to New York, by boat on the Delaware to Tacony, and thence by rail. Reached [132] Bleecker by 2 1/2. Bathing, dining, and walk in the evening, after half an hour in the basement with its occupants.

13. Sunday. Attempt to find where [A.F.] Banks — or rather his landlady, my washerwoman — has removed to. In-doors with all the afternoon. To [E.H.] Chapin’s in the evening, subsequently dropping in at the Ed-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-07-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Poverty

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