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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 59, May 2-3, 1855

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Identifier: DX03853609

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 59, May 2-3, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Harry Price, who is now under medical care for his nervous disorder.



second piece was ill-chosen, and scarcely successful, though not ill-played. Some fellows in the rear of the pit had the bad taste to talk loud, laugh and hiss, slightly, but the play was played out, not however till near 1 o’clock. Walked home through the moonlit streets, clamor of policemen chasing a thief by the Waterloo Road, and pedestrian prostitutes about.

3. Thursday. Got a letter, (the third I’ve had, of late, from [Harry] Price.) He had called, on Tuesday morning, but I had been “not at home.” So went this evening. I found poor Henry with his hair cropped close to his head, and a bandage with ice applied to it. He is now under medical treatment. Hurrying about after his late fashion with his cousin, a lad, he was, at Hoxton unpressed with the urgent necessity of medical advice, attempted to force himself into a gentleman’s cab, got another, and drove to the residence of a doctor whom he had had slight knowledge of years ago. He knocked continuously at the door, forced his way in, told his state rapidly and continuously to the doctor and others, startling them not a little, and was finally brought home by the policeman. Since this the doctor has attended him. His voice is very low, and he’s suffered much, evidently. He was very urgent to show me certain of his writings, which he was sure I should be astonished and delighted with, which would make our fortunes. He would go to the United States with me, — this he had before both written and talked much of. I soothed him, praised his writings, got him to take his physic, and as he said “did him good, as I understood him.” He was very restless, scarcely ever keeping the same position for any length of time. Excepting on the matters of his writings, and the “extraordinary revelations” made to him by his disor-

coverage:London, England

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Crime
Medical care
Mental illness


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