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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 29, November 14-17, 1857

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Identifier: DX03425578

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 29, November 14-17, 1857

Description: Describes visiting Mort Thomson and his family and attending church with the Partons.


votes his [Charles Gunn’s] spare time to visiting Banbury or some picture gallery. / Hannah [Bennett] writes as she always does, lovingly, earnestly faithfully. George Clarke thanks me for the book he did not get, says that [William] Boutcher is in Manchester, and speaks of a three weeks ramble in Flanders, in company with young Cattermole, including “jolly old Bruges,” Ghent, Malines, Antwerp, Louvain and Brussels. Also, in July, George made a raid into Derbyshire. Business he says is dull, and the architectural profession, as practiced, “an imposition and a swindle.”

15. Sunday. Over to [James] Parton’s with [Jesse] Haney. In the afternoon to [Mortimer] Thomsons, Grace Eldridge and Miss Louisa Jacobs walking with us, but deserting at the door. “Doesticks” household a pleasant one. His mother [Sophy Thomson], wife [Anna Thomson] and a friend who resides with them. “Doesticks” wife has a very pretty, innocent face, a kind eyes, and soft dark hair. She is quite young, says not much, and evidently thinks him the cleverest fellow in the world. His mother “the gay and galliant Sophy” as he delights to call her, resembles her son and often talks Doestickian. (When Thomson and Haney, upon her refusing them the chess board — it being Sunday night — commenced a verbal and mental game, she after five minutes lapse, said “I vote you have the chess board — your’e only sinning under difficulties!”) At night Haney and I departed for [Henry Ward] Beecher’s church, having made an appointment with the Partons. Church crowded, all there, ice cold night, Parton quietly rampant with wrath at being in church, and a sermon that might deserve chronicling, though an inferior one for Henry Ward Beecher.

[16. Monday through 17. Tuesday] Drawing for Harpers. Sketches for a Boarding house article, to be written by [Alfred] Guernsey.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-11-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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