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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 40, October 12-15, 1849

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Identifier: DX08949715

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 40, October 12-15, 1849

Description: Comments on poverty, and states his hopes that he will be paid by John Sartain.

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horizon, where the sun has just set in a broad lurid glare, and over him lay a mass of huge slate-hued clouds; — seeing all this, I felt right grievously blue-devilled as I thought

“Of what a thing is Poverty

Tis Crime, and Fear and Infamy

And houseless Want in frozen ways

Wandering ungarmented, and pain,

And worse than all, that inward stain

Foul Self Contempt, which drowns in Tears

Youths starlight smile — ”

God grant this [John] Sartain may pay what he owes me. / Going sadly to my boarding house, (can’t say “home”) got a letter from [William] Boutcher, very good medecine for the devils in it; — enjoyed a hearty grin. After tea, taking a walk called on [Silenus] Brinsley, at the place he’s been at for the last week. Wrights public house, — where Joe [Greatbatch], George [Bolton] and I played bagatelle some month or two agone.

14. Sunday. Wrote a long letter to Boutcher. In the afternoon over to New York; to Christopher Street, Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch’s and family’s new location. Tea with them. Joe has written; and his father’s notion is he’ll not remain long. A walk with the boys in Washington Square in the evening. Mr. G. accompanied me some half hour in my walk Jersey-wards.

15. Monday. At work on Mr. [Robert] Roberts tract. Interest-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-10-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Poetry
Poverty
Payment
Bagatelle (Game)
Washington Square (New York, N.Y.)

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