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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 41, October 15-19, 1849

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Identifier: DX08953943

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 41, October 15-19, 1849

Description: Muses on the fine ''dialogue of the dead'' that must exist in Hades among Jonathan Swift, Laurence Sterne, Francois Rabelais, and Aristophanes.

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[Interest]ing legend of a certain little girl who couldn’t understand how two and one made one, as many older Christians can’t, though of course they believe it. Also would read no fiction, with other lively and exciting traits of character. / In the evening whist with [Jabez] Wing, Hugh [Muir] and “Garry.” / Intermediate rereading [Jonathan] Swift’s Tale of a Tub. Fine “dialogue of the dead” might occur in Hades between Swift, [Laurence] Sterne, (greater still, [Francois] Rabelais and Aristophanes.)

16. Tuesday. Drawing till night. Very, very blue-devilled. “S’blood, I’m as melancholy as a gib-cat or a lugged bear.”

“My only comfort is to know

My dubbolt fortune is so low

That either it must quickly end

Or elseway turn about and mend .”

Finished letter for [William] Boutcher in the evening. [words crossed out]

17. Wednesday. Drawing all day.

18. Thursday. Drawing. In the afternoon letters from Joe [Greatbatch]; and [John] Sartain returning an order for my payment — for the which I felt thankful to God, with all my heart. Playing backgammon with Wing in the Evening. Also a game at whist.

19. Friday. Still at work on Mr. [Robert] Robert’s tract. A bit of a walk in the evening with Wing. To the quondam Pork Store, for a pair of books I had entrusted to the Hebraical son of Crispin for repara-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-10-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Poetry
Payment
Backgammon
Whist
Leisure

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