Search Our New Beta Online Collections!

Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 54, November 17-19, 1849

<< Back to search results

View this document

From collection:Part of:

Identifier: DX08660398

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 54, November 17-19, 1849

Description: Gives his thoughts on life, death, and love.


did exist) must have presented much the same sight as does this Washington market now. Human nature is the same. / It is a great and serious thing to live. To have thoughts, and sympathies, to feel love and awe at the wondrous world within and around us. And, to me, the idea of Death is sad, were it but that I might lose consciousness of this beautiful world; of the Sun, of the sky, green trees, and kindly thoughts. And if ‘tis pleasant thus, existence, what, oh! what would it be when possessed of and possessing one to love dearly, “dearly, dearly, ever dearly, of one who would love and sympathize with me. Ah me, well should I know how to appreciate it. To worship you, my own dear girl in my heart of hearts! — never to let the world of commonplace circumstance disenchant the deep, sweet feeling. To — ah me — ah me! God grant that I may dream of you, Mary [Bilton], and that I may soon have a letter from you. I’m sick at heart.

18. Sunday. I’ the afternoon over to New York for a stroll with [Jabez] Wing; some distance up Broadway, returning down the Bowery and through the New York Cour de Merades, the “Five Points.” During the evening had an Ancient Mariner in our room, just returned from San Francisco. Yarns about whaling and the gold diggers. This same old salt borrowed 2 shillings of Mrs. H [Haun] and absquatulated on the next day!

19. Monday. Letters from England, and one from Cary and Hart. The ones from England, are from my mother, Naomi, also one enclosed from Sandeman, who had written from Edinburgh, thinking me still

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fortune hunters
Five Points (New York, N.Y.)


| More

Disclaimer: We are working to create a web-based collection index. Information available through this website should be considered "draft only."