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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 32, February 28, 1855

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Identifier: DX03829946

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 32, February 28, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to William Brown and his wife in London.


and returned home. To Regent Street again, by bus at 6, thence to Mr [William] Brown’s establishment. My pull at the private door bell was responded to by a handsome, lengthily waisted, elegantly dressed, dark haired girl from the shop, who smiling pleasantly, piloted the way to and an upper room, where I found Mr William Brown. He gave me a fluent welcome, and soon his wife appeared. She is a comely, West English lady-like person, unaffectedly amiable and good-tempered. He married her, and the business. There are strong traits of family resemblance between him and the other brothers, in voice, in physiognomy, and I think in character. He was polite, supple, and tonguey as possible, yet all the time, I’d distrust of it being mere surface; that he was a wily, glib mortal, = keenly alive to his own interest, and who congratulated himself on having wriggled himself into a snuggish home. Mrs B he called ‘My pet,’ and ‘Mother.’ I had to speak much of the brothers, of George [Brown], Alfred [Brown], Albert [Brown] and Charley [Damoreau]. I find the chief reason why Charles’ change of name excited so much interest, was that it was partially suspected he had married a fortune. Mr W returned to this several times, and evidently considered the union a failure. The good old-maid his sister [Emma Brown], was spoken of with much tenderness by his wife, but he spoke of her affection as exacting and “selfish.” They have little tiffs, in letters. She, left, as it were, in charge of her brothers, by their mother’s death, has perhaps in an innocent way come to regard them as property in her affections; they growing up, each with their several ambitions, are too selfish and too shallow to remember the self sacrificing elder sister who devoted herself to them, even refusing an offer of marriage for their sakes. The poor old maid’s morbid love for them meets with little consideration. Ah me!

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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