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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 154, May 22, 1858

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Identifier: DX02063809

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 154, May 22, 1858

Description: Regarding a letter from his mother with news of his cousins in Australia.


22. Saturday. To Harper's. Got block. Saw [Alfred] Guernsey. Story rejected, on the ground of the scene being laid in England — may do for the paper. Post Office. Up town. Phonography at night. Let me stick to it. I'm heart sick of this precarious pen-and-pencil life. Three projects of mine, of late, have been anticipated, and the labor spent on them lost. 1.A volume of [Charles] Dicken’s uncollected sketches, from various sources. An edition now publishing in London promises two. 2. A Compilation of [Douglas] Jerrold’s "Wit & Wisdom," with a prefaratory essay on his genius & a memoir. His son [Blanchard Jerrold]'s just produced a similar book. 3. A Comprehensive Dictionary of Americanisms. That I have been working on of late, when I'm informed that there's one just completed. I'm rather weary, but never say die. Let's stick to Phonography. A letter from home to-day, from my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and Naomi [Gunn]. Items of news in the latter, of the Mitchell family, my cousins. Annie [Mitchell Sweetapple] — pretty Annie! whom I used to kiss and have on my knee in dull Mary Street, during our boy and girl days — has four children, in Australia. With her husband, Sweetapple, and brother William [Mitchell], she went to the diggings, lived in a tent &c — I hope with success. What a contrast to the days of her childhood. Pretty Annie! on the other side of the round world, "by the long wash of Australasian seas" — may you be happy! Poor William has been "down in the world," didn’t write to his mother for three years, then went into business and got married to a "lady of title." Ah Bill! do you ever think now of our sleeping together in the attic at Mary St, the moonlight coming in, and the lights of "Nash’s Wine Vaults flaring opposite?

There's something very melancholy in these scattering abroad.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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