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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 52, November 11-14, 1849

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Identifier: DX08652083

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 52, November 11-14, 1849

Description: Describes an incident in which a cat swallowed Jabez Wing's fishing hook and bait.


trite and commonplace when applied to Him. He should be thought of, spoke of, with awe, reverence and deep affection, both by believers in dogma, and believers in humanity and God.

12. Monday. Droll thing occurs this morning. The unhappy cat belonging to the house, (who is always hungry, and enciente,) finding a hook with bait, attached to Jabez Wing’s fishing-line, swallows both. Great to-do there-upon. Wing and John [Haun] in the yard, one holding cat muffled up in sheet while ‘tother pulls at the line attached to hook; the poor beast howling terrifically during the operation. I recommended Chloroform, and in the afternoon it was adopted, and John, Wing and self succeeded, after the performance of a surgical operation in getting the hook out. / Purchased, and housed coal and other addenda to stove. Drawing on “Mose [among the Britishers]”.

13. Tuesday. Out for half an hour on the stone break-water watching Wing at “angling — that solitary vice.” Then drawing till evening. Backgammon then.

14. Wednesday. Ramble about the rocks, reading [Silenus] Brinsley’s “Weekly Dispatch. Talk with a poor Irishman there — somehow I like his nation; — they’re so impulsive and warm-hearted. Arch-devil [Charles-Maurice de] Talleyrand[-Perigord] said “always distrust first impulse, as it is generally good.” This I think true, argal a man who acts on first impulses is probably a good fellow. Drawing the rest of the day.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-11-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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