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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 153, February 15-19, 1857

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Identifier: DX03736024

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 153, February 15-19, 1857

Description: Regarding William Levison's worsening illness.


-thing like twelve days has elapsed. Walt [Whitman] has been written to sans response. It would appear there’s reason for suspecting the great “Kosmos” to be a great scoundrel.

Hannah [Bennett] is thinking of me to-day. It’s my birthday.

[16. Monday through 19. Thursday] Passed dully and variously. At [Frank] Bellew’s once or twice about drawings for my book. Downtown sending them off, purchasing wood &c. Writing “Autobiography of a Dollar,” and correcting Physiology. Not very well, and generally nervous and ‘ low-spirited. The first two days lovely overhead and incredibly miry under foot, the latter informly miserable. An atmosphere of mist, mud, murder and misery enveloping New York of late. I feel night-mared with it. A house burnt down just a blocks distance from ours, and a man and woman consumed in it.

[William] Levison lies sick as may be. He has three (or four) homeopathic physicians, but they appear to be of no more avail to him than to his dead child [Ellen Levison]. He suffers very much at times, and is delirious. He has besought the physicians, pitfully, to save him. [Jesse] Haney and others sit up by him each night. Mrs L [Mary Levison] is singularly composed, though I don’t doubt she does all she can for her husband. Mrs [Catharine] Potter is, also, in frequent attendance.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-02-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birthdays
Medical care


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