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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 44, December 14, 1858

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Identifier: DX03135724

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 44, December 14, 1858

Description: Describes a visit from his old acquaintance, Mr. Johns (Woodjohns).


sitters-secured-for-two-months-to-come about him [Mr. Rouse]. A clever fellow withal. [Henry] Hitchings told me, heretofore, a lover of [Francois] Rabelais — which commends him to me. Return through the dank, dim fog and found "a gentleman waiting for me in my room." It was Johns — Wood-Johns! ex-amateur consul to Jerusalem, architect, lecturer, and inventor of the never-to-be-forgotten colored-tissue-paper-stained-glass! I recognized him instantly, though he was a trifle thinner and sported a white choker. He had got my address via [Joseph] Richardson (who’s buried his second wife) in Philadelphia and Frank Leslie's in New York. Johns' story wasn't long and verified an opinion I'm growing into, that people change less with years than is commonly supposed. He has been in North Carolina and thereabouts doing a little lecturing, a little architecturalizing and a good deal of staying at the houses of clergymen — always being orthodox and very respectable." He has revived his former "intention" of going into the church — hence the white choker, says, too, he will get married in spring and take a wedding tour to England. The lady, he hinted, lives in West Chester, whither he was now bound. It was not the one whom, formerly &c — she also lived in West Chester, as I remembered. "I'm quite a Southern man!" said he, to me, genteely. This meant that he considered anti-slavery sentiments as low — decidedly low. I felt glad to see the man after so much knocking about in the world, and sincerely hope his prospects are brightening. Mutual experience of adversity's treadmill in which one keeps grinding on, step after step, with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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