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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 152, February 9-15, 1857

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Identifier: DX03735159

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 152, February 9-15, 1857

Description: Regarding William Levison's worsening illness, and Walt Whitman's failure to pay back a loan he received from James Parton.


in the evening, and at Edwardses [at 745 Broadway].

10. Tuesday. Down town in the morning. Writing in the afternoon.

Sick in mind and body all this last week.

11. Wednesday. To the “Courier” Office in the morning.

12. Thursday. Called at [Frank] Bellew’s. [William] Levison is so sick, now, that [Jesse] Haney and others fear he will not survive. He lies on a sofa-bed propped up by pillows into a sitting position, his limbs painfully swollen, and the dropsy has reached his chest. When he dozes — being exceedingly in want of sleep — his head declines forwards, unless sustained. Martin has visited and prayed with him, [E.H.] Chapin being out of town.

13. Friday. In doors till evening, writing. Then to Bellew’s.

14. Saturday. Down town calls. Met [Charles] Welden and others.

15. Sunday. In the afternoon crossed to Brooklyn, and, after a muddy walk, to [James] Parton’s, meeting the folks on their threshold. All as usual, Parton enthusiastic about human nature and interested in his book, Fanny [Fern] chatty and the girls [Ellen and Grace Eldredge and Louisa Jacobs] handsome. Was told how Walt Whitman has borrowed $300 of Parton and failed to meet his note for it. The money was lent with especial understanding that it was to be refunded at a certain date — since which some-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-02-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases


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