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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 28, February 19-21, 1855

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Identifier: DX03826446

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 28, February 19-21, 1855

Description: Describes visiting his great-uncle Thomas Fielder and his wife with his mother.


wizened, contracted little woman has reached the same age. The daughter is a girl of fifty or so, and really appeared sprightly by force of contrast. I sat beside Mr [Thomas] Fielder, and was almost startled at his strong likeness to my grandmother, which he increased by pulling off his black velvet skull cap. The eyes were fuller, wilder looking, the eyebrows more angular, but the look was the same. He talked much, but ramblingly, gave me the old books (Congress Matters &c about the American War time,) and would send out the footman for two shilling cakes, which we were to take home with us. (This, I recollect, was an old custom of his.) Me he bade come to see him again, and after half an hours stay, during which I was shown into an adjoining room to see the portrait of my great grand-mother, (a handsome Sir Thomas Lawrenceish face,) we left, and homewards, calling in at Mayall’s by the way. I don’t think this life of my uncle Fielder’s a success. He’s rich enough, — has, they say 100,000 [pounds], but what avails it to him whose life is confined to these two rooms, cheerless ones too in all concience, to one of which he is wheeled each night by the footman. He has been a worldly, ambitious, thriving man, connected with the law, the East Indian-House, I know not what else. Two sons he has, one a Proctor, the other married “well,” but no children. The daughter has travelled on the continent, is accomplished &c. A dreary house that in Manchester Street! I fancy the pretty servant girl with the plump footman must be happier in the kitchen, than the parlour folks. (They were secretly married it appeared, afterwards.)

[20. Tuesday through 21. Wednesday] Writing to Alf Waud, to Mary Anne [Greatbatch], and to Miss E Brown.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1855-02-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Revolution, 1775-1783
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