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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 7, November 6-8, 1858

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Identifier: DX03221013

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 7, November 6-8, 1858

Description: Describes fellow boarder, William Leslie.

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fortune. She [Mrs. Kendall] lives, says [William] Leslie, very happily. Thus Leslie. How little you can reckon up a man by merely scoring down his more prominent qualities. I distrust all “"summings up." Here's this not anomalous Scotchman, affected by the scene he has to day witnessed, speculating after his fashion, on the future, and throwing over all his wonted professions of obstinate, brutal, Presbyterian, Calvanistic orthodoxy — quite unconsciously, too. Such a bit of reality did, for the time, knock formula out of him. We don't know that we shall live hereafter, said he. Furthermore he came out with an avowal that he considered it would have been better if he'd never been born. And this very evening he also related, with great triumph, how he had disposed of one of the returned trinkets — a bracelet — once presented to Miss Bella Farr, for it's full value in labels for his Bitters! [Thomas] Bonar the lithographer is the man who takes the job and bauble. Leslie is a heathen — not an unkindly one — one of the Hebraical "eye for eye" "tooth for tooth" order. As long as his interest don't suffer he'll be pretty fair, except when the temptation to make money comes in, but let his selfishness get alarmed, expect no mercy — except what might dribble through approbativeness.

7. Sunday. Called on the two Hillards [Frank and Oliver]. Evening, to [E.H.] Chapins. Another man preaching and iterating. Subsequently to Edwards'.

8. Monday. Mrs [Celina] Jewell and her daughter (Selina [Maltravers]) called, both in deep mourning [for the daughter's husband, Mr. Maltravers]. Wrote to Alf Waud.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Scots
Diaries

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