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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 64, May 7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03857999

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 64, May 7, 1855

Description: Comments on his brother Sam's marriage to Minnie Franklin, and his own feelings for Hannah Bennett.

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to stop, and the former to be married, which takes place, my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Anna Gunn] abetting. And now, how has the matter resulted? She [Minnie Gunn] sits in the little surgery-parlor, finds life rather dull, wants to be petted, to make country visits, to be ‘squired about, to do little visits to theatres &c. He [Samuel Gunn], in the shop, grows anxious about lack of custom, increasing Income tax and war-prices. I like Sam, he’s a kindly fellow, persistent in his business, but cannot think his a marriage to be envied. Whether conscious of it or no, they both feel weary of it, at times, and have little spirits of ill temper, one towards the other. / For Tilly [Jenkins], I think I know why she’s up in London again, — something in the wind apropos of Joe Stokes, whom Charley [Gunn] speaks of as a Londoner who thinks it a ‘fast’ thing to go to ‘Casinos.’ They’re plotting matrimony, and Minnie abetting it, in aid of her sister. Joe has written to Sam that he’ll ‘give up his situation’ to him, that he wants ‘to see the world,’ and Tilly tells me that she ‘wants to go to America’! Ahem! Let ‘em play out the play!

— And you, too, the writer of all this, who are learning to love, not to deserve, the warm hearted English girl [Hannah Bennett]; who would be very lonely, weary, and heart sick; would regret that you had returned to England at all, but for her and your mother [Naomi Butler Gunn]’s face, — is there No thought of Mary Bilton’s beautiful features, and voice now? There has been, overmuch of late, but it grows fainter, fainter — Months back, not long after my return to England I wrote a few lines to her, asking her did she wish to see me. I had no answer. I sent [Harry] Price to

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-05-07

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Taxation
Crimean War, 1853-1856
Casinos
Marriage
Women
Courtship
Business
Diaries

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