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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 190, April 19-20, 1859

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Identifier: DX02057391

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 190, April 19-20, 1859

Description: Describes a walk and a talk with John Watson.


sorry for the fellow [Rawson Gill], as I well recollect doing the same in London, twelve years ago, fully believing that the time would come when I should wander there houseless and friendless, without the ability to gain a living. That I got from my father [Samuel Gunn]. Ah me! What every day tragedies do every day lives present, when looked into! Who would guess this Rawson Gill’s story now?

—— The mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur] has apparently got over her sickness. Of course she is as selfish, as silly, as ungrateful, as worthless as ever. Her brood must sit at table; poor Miss [Lucia] Cooper and Rawson coming afterwards, to a cold dinner. There's no room for them while little minx May [Gouverneur] and Gladdy [Gouverneur] are there. I revolt at such wicked injustice and detest its perpetrators.

20. Wednesday. Phonography. Down town, to Omnibus & Pic Offices. Returning, while standing at a crowded crossing found myself beside [John] Watson, the ex-engraver, ex-forger, ex-"confidence man," ex-jeweller and present writer for Harpers' weekly and magazines. He was dressed, rather unseasonably, in a heavy hairy overcoat, and a cap. He did not affect to observe me till I spoke to him. Walked up Broadway, even to Bleecker Street with him, setting him talking. He rambled on after his fashion, defending himself from unstaked accusations, and saying much about the "sovereiginty of the individual" which, he asserted, was less recognized in this country than anywhere. He hated his own countrymen worse than hell, if it were possible. When asked why his

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
19th century


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