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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 19, November 24-25, 1858

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Identifier: DX03230650

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 19, November 24-25, 1858

Description: Mentions going to see J.G. Saxe read his poem, ''Love,'' and a talk with Jesse Haney about Haney's visit to the Sing-Sing prison.

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24. Wednesday. Down town, hither and thither, Post, Pic Offices & [Thomas W.] Strongs. Got $3 for cut. A raw, disagreable day, felt unpleasant, rainyish, out of sorts. Writing. To [Oliver] Hillards (for left gloves) in the evening — met Oliver & [Henry] Hitchings. Back, leaving them at Washington Square. Writing — commenced article on "Autocrat of the Breakfast-table," with intent to take it to Tribune.

25. Thursday. Down town early for paper &c, back by 9. Writing all the long, healthy day, in eager spirits.

By the bye I met [Wardle] Corbyn in coming up town.) At our supper table resumed friendly (!) relations with Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur again and got to chaffing her for half an hour, as usual. Called on Mrs [Celina] Jewell and encountered little Nina Brooks in the boarding-house parlor. Went to Mercantile Institution and heard fifteen minutes of J. G. Saxe's poem "Love" as read by himself. Trash. He’s a bogus Tom Hood made up of cinders and tea leaves. Went to Edwards,' found [Jesse] Haney there with the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] — the nice, kind, good, pleasant faced girls. Haney had just returned from a day at Sing-Sing prison, undertaken in company with Smith of the Sunday Courier. Among the other prisoners he saw, for a minute or so, John B. Holmes. He says the man looks broken-hearted. He's in for fifteen years. I couldn't help being touched by Haney's description of the man's look and the sound of his voice, as they entered the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-24

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Prisoners
Artists
Payment
Prisons

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