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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 31, February 27-28, 1855

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Identifier: DX03829071

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 31, February 27-28, 1855

Description: Describes having dinner with Mrs. Barth.


27. Tuesday. Within doors all day. As invited, Mrs [Sarah Wheeler] Barth came to dinner, and stayed till mid-evening. I dislike her the more, with each interview; and have not patience or temper to put down all the pretences, flummories, flowerynesses, and affectations she vented; commencing first with stating that she was “very angry” with William [Barth], (that he had not written,) three minutes afterwards forgetting that role, and asserting ‘she was haunted by a presentiment that he was ill.” She still does the affectionate dodge and looks forward to seeing him, (knowing he will have no chance of coming.) Also talked much of Spiritual Manifestations, Judge Edmonds, and a recently defunct child of the Norman family, (whom she professed to have heard rolling spectral marbles down a staircase, subsequently to the child’s decease.) I see which way the current runs. Her husband [Mr. Barth], the shifty, dextrous little quack is ‘going in’ for the ‘Spiritual’ business, feeling his way in Aristocratic soft skulls, and will come out full blown ere long; they already talk of a place in Regent Street. Mrs Barth also spoke maternally about the illness of her young boy, — subsequently letting out that he made ‘coffee’ and ‘her breakfast ’ bringing it to her, in the morning, and that she ‘quite missed him’! She was a better and a happier woman years ago, when poorer. She has ‘no time’ to read now, (or to visit her daughters,) sits in state, and receives the mesmeric dupes, previous to their “seeing Mr Barth. Miss Kemp is married, at Sidney [Sydney], Australia, to a widower, with children.

28. Wednesday. Met Charley [Gunn] by appointment at Trafalgar Square, thence to the adjacent Photographic Exhibition, where was a fine show of pictures. By 1, through the mud and close rain to Regent Street, Edwards & Jones, where subsequently I took omnibus

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Ghosts


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