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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 221, October 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03588005

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 221, October 11, 1858

Description: Describes the Conworth family.

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poohed down whether tacitly or openly. One never knows how much sense and goodness is in these gentle souls till they are encouraged to speak — to assume a moiety of that full equality which is their right. Give a woman fair play and you’ll know the best of her. Sarah Conworth is very sympathetic. Talking incidentally of mothers, I set her crying. Again when, one day, moved by seeing her incessant labor, I said, “Why Miss C. you make a perfect slave of yourself,” she was so affected as to be unable to speak. The remark is simple truth. A woman comes to the house once a week or fortnight to do household drudgery, all the rest, cooking, arranging meals, washing up utensils, bed-making &c falls to her Sarah’s share. She has, literally, no society. At night, 7 o’clock, or so, she comes to that inevitable melancholy yet indispensable resort of her sex — needlework, and sews till bed-time to be roused by 5 next day to another sixteen hours labor. “It is my duty!” she says, “and it’s a pleasure to work for those we love.” I hope to heaven George [Bolton] will buy his farm, marry her, and treat her well. I fancy he uses a good deal of reserve towards her. A lover of some ten or fifteen years standing living in the same house with his mistress should scarcely be so taciturn. He troubles me — I want to believe in him but would find it easier to do so through the medium of correspondence than intimacy. He always writes morbidly, professing extreme friendship for me, hoping for the time when we shall be neighbors &c. His letters are full of his own plans and expectations — never do I remember his taking thought of or interest in mine. This sort of one-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-10-11

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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