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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 60, May 3-5, 1855

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Identifier: DX03854486

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 60, May 3-5, 1855

Description: Describes visiting his friend Harry Price, who is about to be taken to Bethnal Green Lunatic Asylum. Gunn describes Harry Price having a seizure during his visit.



der, he [Harry Price] talks lucidly enough. They say he has been violent. God help him, poor fellow!

4. Friday. To Sam [Gunn]’s in the evening. Found him and Minnie [Gunn] not very well, and somewhat despondent on account of the stagnation of business consequent on the [Crimean] War, increased taxation &c.

5. Saturday. To Price’s in the fore-noon. Descending to the basement rooms in which the family lives, I met Harry’s father. The little man was unfeignedly distressed, and told me that his son had been very violent, and was, that afternoon to be conveyed to a Bethnal Green Lunatic Asylum, his mother conducting him thither. After some talk I entered the room. Poor Harry lay on his back, upon a sofa, two men holding him, and a woman constantly applying ice, in a bladder to his shorn head. His eyes stared with all the terrible lustre of insanity, he rowed, and at times struggled violently, wagging his head to and fro, opening his mouth widely, and occasionally projecting his tongue. Me he did not recognize, though upon request, I sat beside him, and took his hand. His hallucination appeared to be, that some great agonizing, overpowering revelation was confided to him, which he must express, “expire in agony, and live for ever and ever!” Over and over again did he repeat “Now I have it! I have it — !” raising his voice at each utterance, until it reached a frantic vehemence. Again, he repeated “This is Madness! “and I think suffered as terribly as if a fiend rent him. It was a most painful scene. Frequently he called for his mother, and she came. My name he mentioned, as purporting “to go to America with Gunn.” He had asked much for me, yesterday. They anticipate his

coverage:London, England

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Asylums
Mental illness
Crimean War, 1853-1856


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