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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 66, May 8-12, 1855

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Identifier: DX03859755

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 66, May 8-12, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Price to inquire about Harry Price.


get our patients well, and — &c." "Which is a laudable one, and in Mr [Harry] Price’s case I trusted they’d have better success than in the case of an unfortunate Aunt of mine, who spent some ten or fifteen years in that establishment, finally dying there!" Would I step this way. Certainly! What was my Aunt’s name? Millicent Butler. So the entry being found, the crisp man grew civiler, and talked about Price, and 'no coercion' and much more, and wanted to know whether I was an Englishman, getting hugely inquisitive about America. Finally I was offered the facility for seeing Harry from an upper window, which had been yesterday granted to his parents. Accepting this, I was taken into a clean hospital-like bed-room, where from the partially closed window I could look over certain courts, (each with its insane inhabitants,) and spy Harry pacing up and down, arm in arm with a stalwart keeper. He looked tranquil. Rejoining Sam [Gunn], we returned on omnibus-top. The Miss Stokes' and their mother at our house subsequently.

[9. Wednesday through 10. Thursday] In-doors. Mostly water-coloring, with some scribbling.

11. Friday. Dropped in at George Clarke's for an hour or so. Writing & drawing.

12. Saturday. To Price's in the evening, conversing with Harry's mother, (who had just returned from a visit to him;) his brothers, aunt, and diminutively pretty cousin, (sister to Albina, who has gone away.) Mrs Price described Harry as being perfectly sane, to all appearance, conscious of having written nonsense, of his past delirium, very quiet, but low-spirited and haunted

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Asylums
Mental illness


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