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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 61, May 5-7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03855364

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 61, May 5-7, 1855

Description: Mentions receiving a letter from Mary Anne Greatbatch, telling him that her family's house burnt down in New York.


lunacy will not last, and God grant it may not! Poor fellow [Harry Price], it is very terrible. To Saint Martins le Grand and saw Mrs Stone, in her bar. Letters of more recent date than mine have been received from [William] Boutcher, but all from Konijuk, which he intended leaving on the tenth of last month. /

As I write, Time’s finger is moving the dial point on towards midnight. How is it with poor Price now? Most probably in a mad house cell, and strait-waistcoat, all alone, rowing ceaselessly, and ever tossing that weary brain of his to and fro. Oh! weary time! God pity and recover him!

6. Sunday. Sam [Gunn] came to tea. I, in the evening took walk with him to Dulwich, his wife [Minnie Gunn] and Tilly [Jenkins] accompanying him part of the way.

7. Monday. A letter from Mary Anne [Greatbatch], with evil news. Their house burnt down on April the Second, Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch being absent in New York; little saved and they abiding for the present at a neighbours. They are very unfortunate. / Ned [Gunn] back from Whitchurch, his employment there temporarily ending. Note from Boutcher to George Clarke, (who supped with us yesternight, during my absence.) He, Boutcher expecting to be at Marseilles by the 22nd. Writing to Hannah [Bennett] for the greater part of the day, in return for one of the kindest, frankest, most unaffectedly thoughtful of letters, received by me on Saturday. All that day did I carry about its pleasant influences in my heart, nor yet have the delicious thoughts abated. I am yet learning to honor and prize her at her true worth. And not for her face or form, (I have seen more beautiful ones, and never coveted to have them

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Asylums
Mental illness


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