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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 144, January 28-30, 1857

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Identifier: DX03661212

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 144, January 28-30, 1857

Description: Regarding the death of Ellen Levison.

Transcription:

28. Wednesday. A scrawl from Andrew not in answer to mine, but about the Appletonian debt. [European] Office, (meeting [Frank] Cahill by the way.) [Thomas] Paterson edited a Chinese newspaper in California, one column only being printed – or rather lithographed — in English, the remainder being published in the native character. He describes the Celestials as a very ill-used community. / Writing part of the evening.

29. Thursday. Office both morning and afternoon. Very busy. Streets unspeakably filthy, and ancle deep, crossings hardly fordable and my big thigh-boots a luxury. Met [Franl] Pounden.

30. Friday. Office. Saw [Charles] Welden who asked about “that fellow (!) [Hugh] Forbes.”

Ellen Levison is dead. I learnt it this afternoon of the servant girl, who coming into my room, told me. Her disease — which had grown into typhoid — took an unfavorable turn yesterday, and this morning poor [William] Levison spoke of her vomiting blood and said he didn’t expect she would outlive the day. She died ere his return.

I hardly think the poor child’s existence would have proved a happy or healthy one. But such events — disease, suffering, death — trouble one. Human nature recoils from them and piteously asks why. It seems a waste of life and hope. I know well enough that good grows out of

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-01-28

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Children
Chinese
Diseases
Diaries
Debt
Newspapers
Typhoid fever
Death
Boots
Winter

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