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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 207, November 25, 1853

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Identifier: DX03928579

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 207, November 25, 1853

Description: Mentions learning that there have been reports that he died in the South of yellow fever.


Lots of news from him [Charles Welden]. [words crossed out] Wilson has [words crossed out] left the “[New York] Times.” [Charles Bailey] Seymour does the dramaticals & [Fitz James] O’Brien hardly anything. Down town to Nassau Street. I to Genin’s hat-buying, then with Welden to Times Office. Up-stairs, and saw [Henry J.] Raymond. Got paid for three or four of the “Lake Superior Letters,” which have appeared. $37 Such crowding of matter about elections & stirring news that there’s little room for literary matter, other three letters stand over. I suppose they’ll appear, in time. There’s been all sorts of reports ending me. One by yellow fever. And [William] Barth’s flame written from Mackinaw to [Alfred] Waud, announcing my imaginary journey in company with young [Thompson P.] Mac Elrath, squaws & Indians, to the Great Slave Lake, had sold everybody magnificently. It sprung a mine in quite unlooked for quarters, for the Tribune people hearing of it, [Thomas] Mac Elrath senior sought Welden, & got the false news, becoming briefly apprehensive about his son. “Where is the Slave Lake?” quoth he “Good God! — he’s only a boy! And to think of such a journey in winter too? Why it’s the maddest thing! And what sort of person is Mr Gunn?” Finally he’d resolved not to mention it to the boy’s mother, as it might seriously alarm her. Mac’s return of course put ‘em to rights. (I & Welden met him in this morning’s walk.)

Well, I, quitting the Times Office, dropped in at [Thomas W.] Strong’s. He had been burnt out, losing very considerably, but the energetic little tramp had got his “notions” [Yankee Notions] out, despite fire, and was at work as if only inspired by ill-fortune. I like Strong. Called at Wells & Webbs, got $2 1/2 of blocks, met [Thomas] Picton & [Dick] Hutchings, called at Spruce Street, saw Alcock; called on Price, saw [Frank] Bellew in the street; here there and everywhere doing a hundred necessary things then back to room. At 7 Welden came and with him to the Hope Chapel, he having to report Holmes’ lecture on Scott & Macaulay. Lively, epigrammatic, but

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Yellow fever
Superior, Lake
Indians of North America
Lectures and lecturing
Practical jokes


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