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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 56, April 24-28, 1855

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Identifier: DX03850976

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 56, April 24-28, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to his friend Harry Price, who is suffering from a nervous disorder.



25. Wednesday. Reading, as I have been divers days of late, certain M. S. of my grandfathers [Richard Gunn], of which hereafter. Bit of a walk in the morning, dropping in at Sam [Gunn]’s.

26. Thursday. Wrote to Henry Mapother, and to [William] Boutcher, that my letter may await him at Marseilles. May time spur on the hour of our meeting. / My sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] called upon the Yatmans to day, and heard much of our Staten Island hero. How he had anonymous shirt-studs, window curtains &c presented to him, how much he expended in gloves, how he was sought after, nursed, coddled, adored, idolized! From which I infer that Yatman is a greater ass than heretofore.

27. Friday. Drawing.

28. Saturday. A call at Sam’s, then to [Harry] Price’s, in response to a letter from him, stating that he had been very ill, I passed the evening there, Harry speaking much of his disorder which is a nervous one, subjecting him to all sorts of impulses, akin he believes to his sisters’ [Sarah Price’s] former sicknesses which terminated in insanity for a time. He thinks it necessary to carry out any inclination, that others must humor him in it, and above all, let him talk to them of himself, which he does with a world of reiteration. I, he said, understood him, and did him good. I tried so to do, diverted the current of his thoughts into other channels occasionally, presently reading extracts from the “Doestick” [Mort Thomson] letters, (whimsical burlesque descriptions of American life, from a trans atlantic paper.” These he laughed at, and exulted at, partially exhausting himself, and retired to another room to lie down, when, it being 11 or

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Mental illness


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