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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 165, March 17-April 5, 1859

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Identifier: DX03334336

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 165, March 17-April 5, 1859

Description: Regarding Mort Thomson moving on after his wife Anna's death.


all have to flit to another residence by the first of May, and talk of Brooklyn.

To the End of the Month, and the fifth of April, inclusive. Have been occupied, principally, by Omnibus work, and very busy, only now achieving leisure to score up matters. Have written to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and to Hannah [Bennett] and kept to Phonography pretty regularly. [James] Parton and family have got over to New York; I have not yet visited them. Met Mort [Thomson] some days ago in Broadway, he soon about to start for Detroit to report a great billiard match. A very kindly fellow with much growing self-assertion naturally induced by success. His temperament unfits him for the heroically dull work of following his daily routine with wounded affections and a bleeding memory, when one excitement fails him he must fly off to another. Well: he may be half right! The world has enough of sorrow in it without nursing it. But it seems cruel to be forgetting that pretty simple face [Anna Van Cleve Thomson] so soon. To be sure she was not clever — could even believe in Allie Vernon, from whom shrewder women would shrink instinctively — but then her innocence, prettiness and affection deserved longer widowhood. Mort was coddled by both her and his mother [Sophy Thomson]; they thought him the finest fellow in the world. I have observed, in life, much of this — never any case of mutual ardor. Either the man or woman enshrines the other in the inmost heart and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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