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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 142, January 20-27, 1857

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Identifier: DX03659501

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 142, January 20-27, 1857

Description: Regarding Thomas Paterson's history with ''Ned Buntline'' and Ellen Levison's struggle with scarlet fever.


hunted up all the details of his [Ned Buntline’s] seductions, adulteries, hauntings of brothels and drunkenness (“Ned” professed Temperance, and lectured thereon) — how he [Thomas Paterson] published “Ned’s” life, and in short hunted him from post to pillar, from kennel to sewer — finally to triumph in Ned’s Blackwel’s Island incarceration would take too long to describe here.

Paterson has also been in California.

Ellen Levison has been so exceedingly ill that she was not expected to live, day after day. Mrs L [Mary Levison]’s mother — a woman whom you instinctively shudder at, as being what her daughter will be in the future — has accordingy been here from Philadelphia. She in common with most of the women here (who are cackling all day long about the child) pronounced sentence of death on her arrival, and wouldn’t be moved from that judgment till to-day, when her Exodus, happily, took place. Poor [William] Levison has been immensely wretched and is sick. Mrs L was quiet, and comparatively impassive, but her husband told how he had woke up in the middle of the night to see her sit crying. It presented her in a new light to me! They actually let the child have an ice-cream at her entreaty! Doctors — there were two — homeopathists. Ellen’s getting better. I am very glad of it for Levison’s sake.

Allie Vernon is insane, in a lunatic asylum.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-01-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Mental illness


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