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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 194, September 4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03570241

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 194, September 4, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Church's past.


knew Lucien Bonaparte intimately and corresponded with him. I have seen a letter of [Lord] Byron’s to Mr C. in response to one in which the American had suggested the employment of war steamers in the Greek affair. Mrs Church herself has travelled in France, Switzerland and Italy, with her family. She is now almost alone in the world, only cousins or (such as the Martins) or not very near relatives remaining. Happily her prudence prevented the evil of penury being added to her lot, for unquestionably the scoundrel Andreotti would have robbed her of all, if he’d had the power. It is very sad to think of a noble womans one cast for happiness and sympathy resulting so lamentably. She met him in Kentucky at a boarding-house, or in general society. He played the banished patriot, and attached himself to her closely, winning in the long run by strict, cunning adherence to one rule of systematic deception. This was to sham up to her ideal of a man and a gentleman. Her very loftiness of soul and trustingness of nature — joined to a woman’s necessarily circumscribed knowledge of the world and of character — proved the means of her betrayal. The scoundrel ventured boldly, affecting a purity of mind, a dread of man’s free-and-easy talk, that with them would at once have stamped him as a miserable hypocrite. She believed and admired. Doubtless her loneliness of position and a natural desire to get married had influence also. She was not precipitate about the match and more than once it was on the point of being broken off. But he apologized for

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-09-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Travel


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