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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 251, May 31, 1859

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Identifier: DX03397499

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 251, May 31, 1859

Description: Comments on unequal male friendships, such as that between Mort Thomson and Edward Welles.

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have tyrannized over and sneered at her. He [Charles Damoreau] has his deserts in being linked to a selfish woman [Beatrice Damoreau] who married him for her own uses and keeps his nose to the grindstone. Mort [Thomson] is one of that class who can get along very well without individual friendships. If friend or wife move off the board, they "go to a coffee-house and take another." Yet his amiable qualities incline folks to get up a belief in him wholly disproportioned to his merits. 'Twas curious to observe how he absorbed Ed. Wells, unquestionably a superior man to himself. He used to cut jokes at Wells' expense, to call him "Jane" etc. Wells accepting it and loyally believing in him as though nothing were more natural. Such one-sided friendships are common. I experienced more than one myself in my boy days. Bill Jones was my Steerforth — my admirable Crichton for a long time. When I think of him now — what he was — how ludricous and yet how touching does it appear!

—— Vale Mort. for the present. [Phonography] and writing all the evening. If I hold on I may be a thorough [unclear word] in six months — by the time I complete another of these volumes.

Am I getting nearer to you, Hannah?

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Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-05-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Shorthand
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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