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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 63, May 7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03857120

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 63, May 7, 1855

Description: Comments on his brother Charley's engagement to Rosa Bolton, and his brother Sam's marriage.


spiced with the alloy of low cunning (derivable on the mother’s side,) and manifest in most of them. But I doubt much if she [Rosa Bolton] understands Charley [Gunn], and I know her ideal of an admirer is very different, being dark-haired, “romantic,” melodramatic, “dazzling” — bosh! Charley is an upright, honorable fellow, generous, (but with a minimum of unconscious ostentation,) with much kindness in him, and I think, not much knowledge of the depth of his own nature. Withal he is somewhat self willed and rampant in his opinions, somewhat, (to use an excellent old English word which ought never to have gone out of use,) masterfull; but that the world will presently take out of him. He grew into liking Rosa Bolton, I fancy, because he wanted someone to be tender to, to confide in. I doubt whether she’s worthy of him, but may do the little girl injustice. / And now to complete the trio, to speak of Sam [Gunn]’s match [Minnie Franklin Gunn]. He, they say, was always plumping into love, philandered with little Marshall, with one of the Stokes’ &c. Well, visiting John Bolton at Eynsham, he becomes acquainted with a prettyish, delicatish, interesting looking, (and perhaps rather forward) young lady, who has heretofore been desperately wooed by an aristrocratic Oxonian, who has written her quires of letters, gave her gifts &c, had to be sent abroad to prevent his contracting a misalliance, and — died. So the story runs. Sam goes into love most tumultuously, rushes Eynsham words every Sunday from London, excites maternal and sisterly apprehension; throws up his Hospital studies, gets Tyler to lend him 100 [pounds], buys a chemist’s practice, declares he can’t wait for matrimony, and Minnie, and her sister Tilly, come up to town, to his shop, there

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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