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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 36, March 18-19, 1855

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Identifier: DX03833447

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 36, March 18-19, 1855

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


pleasant Sunday afternoons did I and Bill [Barth] have there. She [Sarah Wheeler Barth] must feel all the pretence and ostentation wearisome at times. / I and Mr B retired to the smoking room for an hour or two, subsequent to dinner, and he spake of his going to Knebworth in company with [Edward] Bulwer [Lytton], and other matters. Finally comes in Mrs B, and addressing her husband as My love, informs him that she has not had one kiss all day. “Take one!” says he, his legs wide apart, one hand in his trouser-pocket, the other holding his pipe. Which she did. At the tea drinking were two young men, who addressed Mr and Mrs B as ‘Uncle’ or ‘Aunt,’ and were very attentive to the damsels. Anon Mrs B endeavoured to poke me up conversationally, inquiring of things American &c, but I roared but in great moderation, and left early. Walked all the way home, dropping in at Jack Boutchers by the way, and finding him upstairs, in the Coffee Room, with some half dozen guests, his sister and new choice among the number. He was holding forth in a hoarse voice, telling a dreary incomprehensible story.

19. Monday. Out in the morning to the tailors and thereabouts, Minnie [Gunn] and Mrs Heath called in afternoon, and I to Sam [Gunn]’s after tea-time; there remaining till 11 or so. Returning, found a squat, comely basket in my room, containing presents from Chacombe. Letters from each of the girls, a ring combining their hair, Hannah [Bennett]’s daguerreotype, mits, red and green, from Mary [Bennett] and Charlotte [Bennett], and — a pork pie. The portrait is ill done, — the work of that Banbury ass, Thorpe, and no wise does justice to Hannahs kind earnest face. Nevertheless I lay looking at it for a long time.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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