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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 45, December 14-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03136515

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 45, December 14-15, 1858

Description: Describes letters from his nephews, Fred and Edward Bristol.


no apparent progress taught me to feel for him [Mr. Johns]. He spoke with no spark of envy of [Henry] Hart & [Dillon] Mapother's superior good fortune. I produced the rum (which he mixed for himself, weak and sweet) and we sat till the dull, wet foggy day grew dark outside my tunnelish attic-window. Then he left, designing to leave town to-morrow, dropping in at [Frank] Royal's, Morrisania, on his way to West Chester. I sat thinking of old Holtein days and of many things till the supper-bell rang, and then worked all the evening.

15. Wednesday. Letters from Fred & Edward Greatbatch or as they now write themselves — Bristol. Thanks for papers — talk of "crops" — they have rented, mutually, 75 acres, for next year and bought a team of 3 year-old horses — are going to work on new railroad during the winter — so end my "nervues," as Fred spells it. Good fellows, I hope, and good to their mother [Mary Anne Greatbatch]. She set 'em to writing, I know. Poor half-sister Mary Anne, out on that cursed Illinois prairie which killed your husband [Joseph Greatbatch], how you must think of kindly old England sometimes! — of your youthful hopes, of pleasant Oxford days, of Greatbatchs many, many shifts and trials — of your weary four or five crossings of the pitiless Atlantic which lies between you and the old home you will probably never see more Yours is a sad lot. But then you love your boys and want to be with them. I wish — oh! how I wish I were a success — not for my own sake, altogether. Daily necessity, the struggle

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Farms


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