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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 39, December 15, 1857

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Identifier: DX03433859

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 39, December 15, 1857

Description: Describes letters received from his half-sister Mary Anne Greatbatch and George Bolton.

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make a difference. "How it may turn out" writes poor Mary Anne [Greatbatch] "I don't know, but I feel very much troubled in mind" They "have not thrashed their wheat yet," the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] have twenty acres of corn to pick which they "planted on shores with another person," Fred is "away at Odell, to get a job if possible, so as to make a few dollars, to buy some groceries, and with thanks for "my kind offer" the letter closes. George Bolton's affords particulars as to the expectations and intentions with which he came to Canada. With the concurrence of his parents [Henry and Mary Bolton] he consulted a lawyer as to the practicality of raising 300 [pounds] or 400 [pounds] by mortgaging his share of the estate. This he found he could do if his father would covenant to pay the interest on it, supposing George should die before him, or omit to pay the same. This they — the Neithrop folks in general — professed themselves willing to do, provided George could find a good investment. All this took place just on the eve of his quitting home. In his last letter he informed them that land was coming down in price and that in twelve months he might find a good bargain. Upon which (he writes) "I am told that William [Bolton] ignored, at once, anything Father’s doing anything by way of giving security, that Mother stormed, and Father concluded, very logically, that if he did it for me the others might claim the same favor — therefore he would do it for neither." George comments bitterly on this and with justice — "their love not being worth risking the bare possibility of having to pay 15 [pounds] a year." William, he thinks, has his eye on the farm, "means to stay at home and grow rich, while we go abroad and grow poor, and thus, someday, be compelled to sell what he will be happy to buy." Furthermore George declares he "will not" return

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-12-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Farms

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