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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 19, August 23-29, 1849

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Identifier: DX08861158

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 19, August 23-29, 1849

Description: Mentions George Bolton and Joe Greatbatch's future plans and hearing an Italian play an organ. Comments on how Edward Heylyn's fate is different than his.


home, albeit he has a hankering Canada-wards. Joe [Greatbatch] will, if he cannot get something to do in New York strike for Connecticut, inasmuch as he hears that his former “Boss” is doing well there. And I’m left alone.

26. Sunday. A walk by the “sad sea waves” in the Evening, [Jabez] Wing and George [Bolton] accompanying. Met Fred [Greatbatch] and Edward [Greatbatch]. / Standing alone on the end of the little bridge, gazing out on the “brine forever unfruitful,” feeling Ulysses-like, when he “Over the fruitless main through trickling tears kept gazing .” What truth is there in it — Ah, old Hellenic Islander [Homer], Greek or Asian, whatever and whoever thou wert, well thou knewest the heart of man. A glorious world has the devil Mammon usurped rule over — “Yet a little while, yet a little while.

[27. Monday through 28. Tuesday] Drawing each day. One Evening a sail with George, Wing, and the “Boss” of the latter; and the other a walk. Sitting on the door stoop listening to the organ of an Italian. Would it not be possible to travel through the States thus? I should like it, and am weary of the petty insult and degradation I have to meet with in the attempt to live by my own art.

29. Wednesday. Having finished my six drawings, in the afternoon took them to New York. Cur Appleton out, but his brother (Arcades ambe) there. Left and a walk. Called at Beaver Street, [Edward] Heylyn not arrived yet. Verily his fate is a contrast with mine. He has but a journey — to sign his name, and 400 [pounds] are handed

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-08-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Mythology, Greek


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