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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 201, January 31-February 4, 1856

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Identifier: DX03919721

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 201, January 31-February 4, 1856

Description: Mentions a visit to the Partons; a letter from his mother and sister, Rosa; and his improving opinion of William Levison.


contributions. I struck across Broadway into a quiet street and thanked God for it with all my heart.


[1. Friday through 2. Saturday] A Hoboken walk in the deep snow. Down town about [Joseph] Greatbatch’s papers. Writing, but slowly and painfully. Ill in body and mind. Met the kindly Englishman Webb, [Charles] Welden’s acquaintance once. To Montgomery’s one evening. To the Ornithorincus on Saturday night. [Charles] Gaylor, [Fitz James] O’Brien, the Arnolds [George and Jack], [George] Yewel and others there. To Edwards’ [745 Broadway] one evening.

3. Sunday. In doors writing till night. Called at the Waverly, saw [James] Parton, his wife [Fanny Fern] indisposed and did not appear. When I first entered the room “Fanny’s” two children [Grace and Ellen Eldredge] were there, and the younger one with an “How do you do Mr Gunn?” put her arms round my neck and gave me an unsolicited kiss. God bless the child for it.

I was very sad and ill before going out this night. I went up to my lonely room and prayed.

4. Monday. Revising Mammoth Cave article, written at home, to take to Fowler & Welles. It took all the morning. A letter from my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and Rosa [Gunn]. There are home details in it which set me thinking more sadly still, yet it should not be so. To Fowlers. Ice cold wind blowing. To “Young Sam” and Abbott. They owe me money — $18, and play fast and loose about it. Writing at night. I think not harshly of [William] Levison now, — the man has

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-01-31

Type(s): Encyclopedia

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

Subjects: Diaries


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