Search Our New Beta Online Collections!

Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 221, December 20, 1853

<< Back to search results

View this document

From collection:Part of:

Identifier: DX04135970

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 221, December 20, 1853

Description: Describes a dream he had, in which he was preparing to marry Mary Bilton.


overtaken by no car, walked the two miles, through the clear frosty snow covered streets; musing not unhappily in my many matters. To my quiet room [290 Broadway], and not as last [word crossed out] night, to lie awake for some three hours, restless Imagination roving everywhere, scanning crowds of faces known now, in old time, at all times; — speculations on the mightiest questions; Creation, Existence, Salvation, — linked with every day plans of what I’d have to do on the morrow. Thoughts of home, of my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], of her dead father and mother, — of a thousand things — But this night I sunk at once into sound, fatigue-induced sleep, little exercise, had caused the walk to tire me. And towards the morning I dreamt a dream. Tis idle putting it down, but for the latter part of it I must do it. An incongruous business, admitting however an unadmittable silly sectarian sort of interpretation. I was [words crossed out] frightening, deriding people, running up and about a great staircase, more or less mistily present, thus for a long time; — there was a mighty venerable figure, impressed upon me at the time as Michael Angelo’s Moses, I assaulted, threw mire upon, I think. And then suddenly I was humanized, — somehow by the means and presence of Mary Bilton. She was with me, her face and presence so real — more so than I can recall it in waking moments. And I, — (it was understood,) was to be, at once, married to her. My mother was there, preparing her dress, and others, all about. So distinct was it, that in my dream I was reflecting on the most unlooked for suddenness of it, of what [William] Barth, [Alfred] Waud, [Charles] Damoreau would say, when they heard of my getting married. I was striving to understand how it could be, thinking that indeed this termination

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Dreams


| More

Disclaimer: We are working to create a web-based collection index. Information available through this website should be considered "draft only."