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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 92, February 26-28, 1850

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Identifier: DX09286808

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 92, February 26-28, 1850

Description: Mentions learning from a letter that his brother, Sam Gunn, had cholera, and comments on William Shakespeare's reasons for writing ''As You Like It.''


thought of me on Christmas day — and at Rosa [Gunn]’s verses. Many a time have I thought and acted unkindness to her. I see it now. And poor little Sam [Gunn] was near dying of the Cholera! They never said that in former letters. Ah what sorrow to return home and miss one face among them! Oh God I pray thee, whenever it may be thy will that I see home and England again there may be no such grief in store for me! / Finished letter for [William] Boutcher in the evening.

27. Wednesday. Early walk to Post Office, with letter for Boutcher. Brief stroll up the Battery. Then back to [168] Duane. “Mose [among the Britishers]” all day. Evening wrote a rhyming letter to [Jabez] Wing.

28. Thursday. To the Post Office with letter for Wing. “Mose” all day. / Thinking of my favourite play “As you like it,” and of the circumstance Knight speaks of in connexion [connection] with it — that it was written at a time when Lord [Henry Wriothesley] Southampton Shakspere’s [William Shakespeare’s] early patron was in disfavour with the court — (a friend of his also.) In this light, what a memento of the rich, genial heart of our most divine poet it is! Such a testimony of friendship and heart-touching sympathy surely never exceeded in the world. Fancy the solace, the balm to the etiquette-wearied scholar-courtiers as Arden was presented to them. As Touchstone (philosophic fool) descanted on courtier-phrase, and the follies of the great world — how men “ripe and rot ”— as the jovial songs bid cast all care and carking sorrow aside — as Jacques spake—! O play of Sunny hearts, and true Golden Age, blessed be the Memory of the Prospero that produced thee!

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-02-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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