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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 126, June 27-July 1, 1851

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Identifier: DX01029921

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 126, June 27-July 1, 1851

Description: Describes his last days at Fonthill Castle.

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everything by numbers. From my soul I detest his [Napoleon’s] memory, & am right glad to think he was fairly licked at Waterloo by the old Duke, Tory though he be I do honor [Arthur] Wellington. [words crossed out]

28. Saturday. To the rock & copse fronting the Castle, sketching foreground for picture, spite of the intense annoyance by insects. [Johann Wolfgang von] Goethe’s right I’m sure in making Mephistopheles lord of ‘em. And old Giulio Cordaro, who wrote a book to prove that insects weren’t inhabitants of Paradise, but created afterwards to our annoyance, hath reason on his side in the former matter, though he manifests a strange idea of Deity by the latter assertion. Drawing in the afternoon. Evening bathe, as wont.

29. Sunday. To the bathing spot & the Castle, in unsuccessful search for lost knife and crayon holder. Drawing on despite intense heat & exasperating flies in the afternoon. Bathe at sunset.

30. Monday. Drawing all the morning & part of the afternoon, when I completed the Fonthill Castle sketch on wood. Made an essay at afternoon bathing, tide too far out. Sate on bar. An number of “teamsters” brawling. Supped. (I remember not the name of the quaint old worthy quoted by Izaak Walton, who said that “doubtless God might have made a better fruit than the strawberry, but he never did.”) Bathe, and later on the cliffs afterwards. Wrote an article, for accompanying the “Machine” picture for [Thomas W.] Strong.

July.

1. Tuesday. Paid up & embarked aboard the little Arrow, and to New York. Called at Robinson Street, & Chamber Street. Thence to [Henry] Holt’s, where I saw him, with others proceeding up stairs to the slaughter of small dog, presumed to be rabid. Learnt that Mr [Henry] Hart & Dillon [Mapother] were, as I had anticipated at Middletown, Jersey. To [John N.] Genins; he out of town for a day or so. To Strongs. Then by a signboard finding that [Warren] Butler had abandoned Fowler’s Buildings, to corner of Maiden Lane & Water Street, where

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-06-27

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Dogs
Drawing
Diaries
Insects
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815
Swimming
Fruit
Rabies

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