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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 237, October 19, 1858

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Identifier: DX03601569

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 237, October 19, 1858

Description: Describes letters received from Mrs. Church and Mary Anne Greatbatch.


travel, [Mr. Purdue] has settled in the Temple — has something to do, [William] Boutcher guesses, in the erection of the new Adelphi theatre. Hepburn got an "affection of the spine" in the Crimea and is "on his back, in the country somewhere." Boutcher's been up the Thames with a Yorkshire 'squire, whom he first met at Nineveh (!) — had a good time of it generally. Mrs Church's letter, dated Paris, and written in a very fine, close, delicate hand, speaks of a pretty good voyage across the Atlantic, a safe arrival, no difficulties about passport (which followed her in another vessel) with incidental matters. She is naturally, very lonely contrasting her former experience of the French capital, when her parents lived there, with the present. She takes long walks each day. A lady's letter — just a trifle Frenchy in tone when she speaks of herself. Mary Anne [Greatbatch] writes that the farm sold for $1019 part paid down part to be paid in two years. (It was appraised at 1200.) She wishes she had got her share in money instead of household goods, having to sell the latter to pay board. Her prospects, poor woman, are gloomy enough. Doing chores till the afternoon, then called at Ashton Place thinking their might be news from [Alfred] Waud. None — but news of an unexpected character. Selina [Jewell]'s husband [Mr. Maltravers] is dead and buried. Taken sick at New Orleans of yellow fever — it's prevalent there now — he died at a hotel, almost immediately. She had but ten days experience of matrimony. They've got but two boarders and Mrs J. [Celina Jewell] talks of giving up the project. Mrs [Cornelia] Sexton's husband [Francis C. Sexton] is still in the Tombs, where she visits him. A pleasant

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Crimean War, 1853-1856
Ocean travel
Yellow fever


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