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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 35, October 1-6, 1849

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Identifier: DX08928590

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 35, October 1-6, 1849

Description: Mentions Joe Greatbatch's departure for Connecticut, and muses on how many people have come and gone in his life.

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October.

1. Monday. Rain all day; at work for Sartain’s Mag. [Jabez] Wing Ben [Haun]; [Silenus] Brinsley and all the fellow denizens here blue-devilled and do nothing but smoke and read. Joe [Greatbatch] deferred migration till next morn. At night a farewell whist-game, brandy punch and vocalizing and smoke. Gave Joe an extempore parody on “Jeannette and Jeannot” en farewell.

2. Tuesday. Joe gone. / Now is he off the scene. Faith this same diarizing reads strangely dramatic. Some intimate, some acquaintance, freind [friend] comes in, plays a brief part, then off into Cimmerian non-existance — at least to me. How they come and go? — [William] Barth, Bill Bilton, the office fellows, George [Bolton] — some names never more shall I jot down again, others after a pause more or less enter again. Here am I, of all late kin to me, alone in this little treey dull Jersey, — [Joseph] Greatbatch, George, Joe — all off the stage. Never talk of changes of half a century — half ten years shew [Edmund] Spensers “Mutability” in all her power.

Mine is a melancholy book of sorts.

[3. Wednesday through 6. Saturday] Did not stir out of doors during all this time save a few minutes walk to the Schnieders [a tailor]. Drawing on wood for [John] Sartain. Mostly rainy. suicidal weather out o’doors. Wing nothing to do, Ben ditto, both of ‘em at dominoes all the live long day. Brins-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1849-10-01

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Leisure
Rain and rainfall
Whist
Poetry
Dominoes

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