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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 222, October 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03588852

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 222, October 11, 1858

Description: Regarding the Bolton family.


sided friendship is common. When we meet he [George Bolton] is taciturn and Boltonian. This time, when I came running to him over the ploughed fields and getting over the fences, he didn’t scale one, but remained on the other side, quietly loading his gun. Sometimes I get a fit of distrust of him thinking there’s a taint in the blood on the mothers [Mary Edwards Bolton’s] side, running right through the family. It’s the cunningest, honest, meanest, most selfish, most distrustful nature I’ve ever met — culminating in William [Bolton]. Mrs Bolton, when my father [Samuel Gunn]’s servant, in Banbury, long ere I was born, set her cap at him. (She had previously waited at an alehouse.) She threw over some rustic admirer whom, I believe, she really liked to marry my fathers half brother [Henry Bolton] — for he had a farm. But she has proved a good, thorough wife to him all her life, and one cannot but respect her indomitable striving nature, alloyed as it is by low cunning. The Neithrop home is an atmosphere of suspicions and hates, and William [Bolton] is the worst and unhappiest of all of them. He whores and drinks now, and George says he’s killing himself thus. His sisters [Sarah Ann and Rosa Bolton] hate him — hate him with that intensity which only girls who have been insulted hourly, who see through his utter selfishness, loathe it, are alarmed by it (as it may injure them) who cannot help themselves — can hate. But to return to George. Morally he’s good, but he has lived in such a damned vitiated atmosphere that he seldom takes a high stand-point on anything. He is tremendously alive to the selfishnesses of others — so much so that one gets a suspicion that he sees it by the light of his own. He is too prone to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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