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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 189, June 13, 1857

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Identifier: DX03767201

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 189, June 13, 1857

Description: Describes William Leslie, who lives in his boarding house.


departure for Liverpool with his [William Leslie's] brother and her [Bella Farr's] brother in law. She is the sister of his brother's wife, and I've no doubt that lady "fixed" the hook for the susceptible swain, knowing that he's "a good match." He seems to have bitten as readily as heretofore, though not without an intimation, to me, that "she'd have $10,000 or $20,000."

I have never taken Leslie's pen photograph at full length, so here goes. He's five and twenty, very tall, long legged, straight-bodied, with rather a small head, his countenance alike indicative of shrewdness, vulgarity, good humor and assurance. His hair is dark and always looks unctuous, as does his face, especially when excited. He is as whiskerless as a baby, but hopes for the future's development of a just-visible moustache. He talks at the top of his voice, and is exquisitely illogical and wrong-headed. His national accent, as is commonly the case with most persons, appears very strongly in controversy. He is very choleric, inclined to dogmatise, and in argument, has such an insufferable way of stating his opinions that you instinctively revolt from them, and assume the antagonistic. His sarcasms are about as delicate as the kick of horse. Withal, when his prejudices are not interfered with he possesses a vein of strong, coarse common sense, and is very social. He and an elder brother came to this country poor enough and are now a wealthy wine and spirit "firm" — the latter carrying a business in Philadelphia, as the former in New York. Les-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-06-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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