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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 35, March 17-18, 1855

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Identifier: DX03832571

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 35, March 17-18, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Barth, William Barth's parents.


nient &c. Buxell presented me with an African made, grass-woven hammock. Through the rain to [Matthew] Whitelaws, making a useless call at Hepburn’s by the way. And at Whitelaws till 8 1/2.

18. Sunday. To the “York and Albany” by omnibus, and thence to Barth’s. I was received by the boy ‘Georgey,’ who shewed me into a small, plainly furnished outhouse room, used as Mr B’s smoking apartment. Mrs [Sarah Wheeler] Barth came in about fifteen minutes, and presently her husband. We, adjourning to the fronteparlour, find the two domesticated ladies there, Miss Perkins and Miss , and dinner is served, the children being at a seperate table in the adjoining room. The dinner was very good, Mrs B magniloquent, pretentious, and extensive; Mr B bluff, good humored and vulgar, and the damsels assenting and admiring. Mrs B is, I think the spur which prompts the little man to strive upwards; he, spite of his active, pushing nature would be content with plenty of mesmeric patients, and their guineas, over-much of eating and drinking, and his “yard of clay;” — but she has ambition. His time is closely ob occupied, though like [Geoffrey] Chaucer’s Man of Law, he always seems busier than he is. Meantime they are neither so happy as when they were poorer. She, dressed in black-satin has to receive the patients from morn till night, sympathize with them, wheedle them, flatter them, and prepare them for mesmeric manipulations. He scarcely stirs out, and, I think, over-eats himself. When she kept stall in the Soho Bazaar, returning of evenings to the quiet two floors in University Street, there to read the current number of ‘Bentley,’ or one of [Charles] Dicken’s serials, (borrowed from the “library” opposite, at the rate of a penny each,) she was a jollier, happier, truer woman. What

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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