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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 166, August 29, 1851

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Identifier: DX01042660

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 166, August 29, 1851

Description: Describes attending the funeral of Sarah Richardson.


29. Friday. Had completed a drawing for map title for Mr [Henry] Hart when Joe [Greatbatch] came, with a letter from [William] Boutcher, and the intelligence that Mrs [Sarah] Richardson was dead: — of congestion of the brain. The noon of Wednesday had been her last. — [words crossed out] Joe came to bid me to the funeral, and at 2 1/2 I went. Entering the room, where but six days ago I had seen her, in to all appearance, in health and strength, and bidden her good morrow as went; there I found assembled Mr Johns (hastily summoned from Williamsburgh,) Mrs [Mary] Holt and her husband [Henry Holt], and some five or six others, acquaintances. The large unframed pictures were against the wall, the furniture of the room a little disarranged, the tall shutters partially closed, and athwart the hearth, where she was wont to sit, on its support was the coffined body. We sit, and talk in subdued voice awhile, and I learnt the sad detail of the event. [Joseph] Richardson had been sick, she had worried herself about it; — had risen early to procure somewhat for him; had lain down subsequently, had complained of the head; ere long a fit ensued, of duration, and violence. Mrs Holt had been sent for, — she was not recognized — and at last, [word crossed out], she had recognized her husband, and so, quietly died. / More persons arrive, and anon I with Mr Johns, grave enough both, find ourselves in the adjoining room, and presently [word crossed out] Richardson came in. [words crossed out] He moved about, shook hands very earnestly, and said that he was the cause, that ‘twas her anxiety had produced the apoplexy. The poor little spaniel lay on a tumbled bed, thrust in a corner, puzzled and mournful I thought. And the golden sunlight shone in on all. I saw her face in the coffin; — ‘twas sadly changed, and a horrible hard blue, with more horrible smell denoted the rapid progress of decomposition. / And

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Dogs
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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