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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 69, December 26-28, 1849

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Identifier: DX08697865

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 69, December 26-28, 1849

Description: Describes his efforts to find a doctor for Herr Sander.


and oh god may it be thy will that I may soon have one from thee [Mary Bilton]. Wife of my heart’s deep love how long will it be — how many Christmasses must pass, ere with a glad cry thou leapest to my arms, to welcome thy now sad-hearted lover home?

27. Thursday. Poor Sander worse, unable to rise. Suspecting that he had the small pox I passed some hours hunting about confounded Jersey for a doctor. It was not till the afternoon that one arrived. Young fellow, cigar in mouth, hands in pocket. “Ah — I see! you’ve got the small pox. — don’t want any medicine, or anything to eat — be still.” (Then turning to me) “What are you drawing?” Sander. “Den if I had one pistol I would put him to my head and shoot my brains out!” Doctor (very sternly) “Won’t you dye soon enough, then.” / Exit Doctor, and Sander writes two letters, which I take over to New York for him. All the afternoon spent in doing it. To a certain Saroni in Water Street, whom I could see, (and as the event proved), didn’t care a pin for Sander, and to Norfolk St. — a Mr Mercer. This man I found with him, when returned to Jersey. All the fellows apprehensive of infection. Walk with Hughie [Muir], the evening, and a most dreary one. Called several times at Doctors, unsuccessfully. Returning found John Rankin i' the kitchen. Talk sanitory and doleful. Hughie regularly faints away from overwrought apprehension. To bed. no one in the room, as Sander had been removed into a seperate one; — bedstead all dreary, and fire out.

28. Friday. Drawing “Mose [among the Britishers].” Evening with Hughie to New York. Up Bowery to the Gotham Baths. Warm bath. Then going homewards an oyster supper. / Poor Sander very bad in his room

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Medical care


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