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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 109, May 1-4, 1850

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Identifier: DX09360163

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 109, May 1-4, 1850

Description: Comments on the need for self-analyzing.


Walked down Bowery, and visited “Fancy Fair.” / Joe [Greatbatch]’s transparent-snobbisms — (harmless enough in all conscience) — set me musing as to How Much I’m a Humbug and how much of me is True. Strict self-Analysation is a very surgical operation. That’s a fine intense epithet of [Percy Bysshe] Shelleys “Self-Contempt — betterer to drink than blood.” Commonplace nature is free from both mental-pleasures and miseries in extremes — in the former it rises but to sociality —(prosy sociality) — in the latter sinks to “the dumps ”— (a very expressive term.) Nota-Bene. Not to let my Approbativeness (Phrenologistic jargon that!) get so much the upper hand in converse — haven’t I enow [enough] whim-whams and mental maggots of my own to squeeze out, but I must act as Mote-puller-out to the other numskulls who won’t take the trouble to do it for themselves. Nobodys worth the trouble of convincing (—common place nobody) — who won’t kill his own fleas.

2. Thursday. Walk. Called at Ann St and saw Scorpionic Mearson. At “Atlas” Office. At Baden’s-engraver. Drawing and making pretense of so doing all the rest of the day light. Letter from [William] Boutcher, dated 2nd of last month.

3. Friday. At work on the [Jacob and Joseph] Abbottoran design in company with [Dillon] Mapother. Evening in my own company.

4. Saturday. Brief walk in Nassau St. — then yesterday re-iterated. On returning however I found Bridgens in my room — he however soon quitted, and was off for Philadelphia. Will correspond. /This same day did I first set foot in America, twelve-months ago. Much the same amount of the Mammon-devil had I in pocket,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-05-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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