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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 39, March 21, 1855

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Identifier: DX03836074

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 39, March 21, 1855

Description: Describes a visit the Mrs. Barth's daughters, Mrs. Waylon and Eliza Williams.


for me, but — I was Ned [Gunn]’s brother, and it was therefore inferred needed propitiation. They cannot give you credit for a common sense respect for the right of others to do as they please. I don’t object, and will be as evil to my Chinnerian sister in law [Mary Anne Chinner] as is compatible with out several natures, will like her as much as I can, but why the devil am I to be bored thus? They do these things better in America. When [Alfred] Swinton married his friends didn’t outlaw him, although I think they had scarcely seen the lady till the wedding morning. You do as you please, sans dictation open or covert, and things arrange themselves naturally. / We left at 7, and to Bishopgate, there, as I had promised Mrs [Sarah Wheeler] Barth to visit the Williams’, in Artillery Lane. It is a narrow passage, leading from the thoroughfare, and their house an old fashioned public house, with low floors, and queerly shaped rooms. You go through the bar, and bar parlor, thence upstairs, where we found Mrs [Eliza] Williams & Waylon, with their husbands, also Mrs [Sarah Wheeler] Barth. Here the time passed more pleasantly, especially after the mother was gone, (she conducting herself in the usual style.) There was much singing at the piano, of course. I like Eliza, (Mrs Williams) much the better of the two. The other, though fair and innocent looking, has conceit of her singing, and I think, inclines to pride herself over her sister on account of the “profession” of her husband. She takes much after her mother, both in feature and style. Eliza, now, has a kind, womanly face, thinks less of herself, and I think, sees a little that her mother is not altogether to be believed in. When Waylon, (whom I like immensely,) and his wife had left; Mr Williams and his wife fell to talking of their wooing. There was less management on the part of Mrs B, than I had supposed, she only abetting, (when she found Williams’ had position.)

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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