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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 16, February 6-7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03815958

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 16, February 6-7, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the Bennett family at Chacombe.

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she [Susan Gregory] taking it literally had promised to redeem her character by the proposed feat. Now [George] Gardiner is a good tempered lawyer’s clerk with little prospect of becoming otherwise, had been jilted and professes the marriage hater. Rosa [Bolton] & Sarah Ann [Bolton], George [Bolton] and I abetted. Miss Susan was most amusingly in earnest, and utterly sans finesse, — she threw compliments at the adversary, as though they were sticks at “three throws a penny,” and she determined to win. We got ‘em to try Polka and Schottishe together, (she dancing for the first time,) she promised to practice and hoped he’d come to-morrow. She got him to sing and play, and thanked him loudly and singly. Everthing she did was so hearty and good-humored, you equally laughed at and liked her for it.

7. Wednesday. Off to Chacombe for a farewell visit, as promised in my letter. Banbury streets were sloppy, and thawing ice puddled the roads as I left it behind me, but entering Northamptonshire it seemed as though I were cater going into cheery winter weather again. The old church clock indicated 1/2 past noon, as I passed through the church-yard, and the little vane creaked querulously, as if to say that many a weary hour would pass ere I came hope-fully towards Chacombe again. Exchanging a greeting with old [Amos] Chinner, (Mrs [Charlotte] Bennett’s brother,) and his daughter, I got to house at dinnertime. The same warmth of welcome, and the same dear faces, and the same happiness. How the hours sped on — ! Hannah [Bennett] had knit me a pair of mits, like to those which of late, they and the village folk have been doing for the soldiers in the Crimea, but superior in quality. There was a fire lit in the special parlor, and there we all sat, and were very happy, laughing and talking as of old. And there were precious half hours in which Hannah and I sate alone,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-02-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Courtship
Dance
Winter
Diaries
Women

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