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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 65, December 17-21, 1849

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Identifier: DX08681203

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 65, December 17-21, 1849

Description: Comments on Don Quixote, and expresses frustration that he has not yet received a letter from Mary Bilton.


migrateth, being expedited out of door way by pedal acceleration of John Haun, and justly. Also “Ned” the behind-left-by-Steamer Steward. Also an Irish widow, who hath for some ten-days sojourned here. Also (for a season) printer John Rankin; whom I, this morning witnessed at his profession avoations, in the office of the Jersey “Sentinel.”

18. Tuesday. “Mose [among the Britishers]” till Evening. A thousand, thousand, thoughts of the dear face I am so far from. I have more love than hope; — it is the reverse with her [Mary Bilton] — so I judge. Oh God, what would I not give to hold her in my arms now! How long — how long — ?

19. Wednesday. Big poster all day. Wrote to Joe [Greatbatch] in the evening.

20. Thursday. “Mose” all day. Head-aching and irritability. Evening, took out [Don] Quixote and read a little. What a grave, kindly Shakspere-like Spaniard was Cervantes. How finely are the characters of the poor Don and Sancho elaborated in the Second part. (How well too, is the scurrilous, plagiarizing, self-dubbed Avallaneda rebuked in its Preface.) Page, soldier, scholar, poet, enslaved and mutilated in the service of his country, — that country he loved and writ for, — Miguel de Cervantes, I honour thee. How well should I like to pilgrimage in the footsteps of thy noble-hearted and not ridiculous hero.

21. Friday. Big poster, which I finished by 8 in the evening. Then feeling irritable, lonely, disgust with the four walls that have enclosed me

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading


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