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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 81, March 2-5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03468746

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 81, March 2-5, 1858

Description: Describes a day visit to Hoboken, and mentions that Mrs. Patten has given birth to a son in his boarding house.


2. Tuesday. Drawing, some projected Harper subjects, till noon. Then a horrible fit of incapacity came over me and reproduced the old nervous misery. I haven’t the heart to put down details. I think I’m ill, bodily, too.

3. Wednesday. To the Post Office for papers, then crossed to Hoboken, determined on conquering brain-sickness by bodily fatigue. It was a cold, windy, sunny day, and the snow lay deep along the margin of the Hudson. Revisited the scene of our pic-nic on the heights. Returned to New York by 2. Met Selina Jewell and her sister [Cornelia Sexton], househunting. Met [John A.] Wood. He says Sol [Eytinge]’s prosperous, but never has any money (Allie [Vernon]’s making a private purse for herself, in view of contingencies), that they’re going to take another house and to get rid of Josey [Winship]. Andreotti is in New York, it is said. Rawson [Gill] believes he has met him thrice or four times.

4. Thursday. Down town early, to Pic & Tribune Offices. Met young [Thompson] Mc Elrath, whose acquaintance I made on Lake Superior, at the latter. Met Kelly up-town. Down town again in the afternoon, calling in at [Matthew] Brady’s. He’s got a photograph of me sticking up at the door of his lower shop. I can’t catch him in to get duplicates as he’s always bobbing to & from Washington. Ill, sick in mind, matagrabolized, hypochondriacal.

5. Friday. There was a child born in this house, last night, or this morning to Mrs Patten, in the room immediately below the one in which I write. ‘Tis a boy contrary to the father [Willis Patten]’s wishes. He is 55, his wife some fifteen or twenty years his junior, and they have had no children since the birth of George [Patten], a boy of twelve, now away at school. The mother has been exceedingly averse to her present maternity, talking freely to the other women in the house, of the anticipated trouble the child would be to her, saying

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)


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