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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 40, March 21-26, 1855

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Identifier: DX03836949

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 40, March 21-26, 1855

Description: Describes a letter from William Barth and discusses how Eliza Williams met her husband.


They met at one of the Sunday “courting clubs,” as Williams phrases it, Church or Chapel meetings, he used to see her [Eliza Barth Williams] home &c; both were strongly determined to have one another &c, Mr Barth complained that Eliza didn’t do his correspondence & accounts right, finally the paternal Williams, (who at first, like a true British parent, objected to his son thinking of marrying and settling in life when he was only about five and thirty,) put him in business, and here they are.

22. Thursday. In doors. By William Barth’s letter to his mother [Sarah Wheeler Barth], I learn he’s got over his accident pretty well. Talks of studying medicine in Michigan college [University of Michigan], sending wife [Maria Barth] and child [Violet Barth] to Florida the while, working hard, getting money, and returning to England. If he do the latter, it will be only to dispossess himself of rose-tinted home notions, and to find that America is the land for him.

23. Friday. Wrote Chacombe letters, to the three sisters [Hannah, Mary, and Charlotte Bennett], and John [Bennett].

24. Saturday. Out during the afternoon, (principally to read the “Newcomes,” at coffee-shop.) Found [Stephen] Tanner, one of Charley [Gunn]’s school-chums at our house on return, on a visit.

25. Sunday. A day of calls here, in consequence of the recent illness of both of my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn]. In the morning came Sam [Gunn], also Foulds, (who is a donkey.) In the afternoon Carry Hogarth, and her brother John [Hogarth], who stayed. He’s a hearty, good looking fellow. Harry Price came also, supping with us. Tanner, Charley & I took a long stroll in the morning.

26. Monday. Out with Tanner, and Charley, calling for the latter at Paternoster Row; thence to all sorts of unknown regions eastwards of Clerkenwell, and about the City Road, Tanner having to make lots of business calls. He’s a good humored, sensible, kindly fellow, at a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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