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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 97, March 26-April 1, 1850

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Identifier: DX09308353

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 97, March 26-April 1, 1850

Description: Mentions his work and going out with the Irish architect Dillon Mapother.


Extremely unwell, indigestion, calomel pill-taking, heavy of heart and head — (all produced by want of exercise). A letter from [Jabez] Wing — he at Fall River. Read at cold time all the numbers of [Charles] Dickens’ “Copperfield,” lent to me by a young Irish Architect-in-training yclept [Dillon] Mapother here — (like Borsmaison in face.) In and out my room. On Thursday morning, through the muddy, slushy streets to dun [Warren] Butler for the $7, which I didn’t get. And walking back, wet up to the ancles [ankles], — boots being horribly leaky, could well understand the ugly feeling of poverty. Joe Greatbatch called on Saturday evening (for a book.) [words crossed out]

31. Sunday. Drawing in the morning. Afternoon a pleasant, sunny walk on the Battery.


1. Monday. “Mose [among the Britishers]” till evening. “Terre! terre! I see land!” At work on the last one now. In the evening with Mapother to the “Tabernacle.” Rechabite, or te-total festival. Singing and speechifying. Strange is it what a very Bucephalus each man’s hobby becomes in his own eyes. Nokes makes mouse-traps for a score of years, and by that time gets a fixed idea that it is one of the highest, gravest and important things in existence — that the Sun was pre-ordained and created for the purpose of giving him light — (while making mouse-traps.) So is it with each mental-mousetrap-manufacture — Temperance, Abo-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-03-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century
Books and reading
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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