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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 8, June 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX02669900

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 8, June 4, 1860

Description: Describes a letter received from his brother, Sam.


Brother Sam [Gunn]’s Letter

[spend]ing a matter of £500, I suppose, and having good credit at my wholesale house, where I am happy to say I bear a very good character. x x I have laid, I believe, the foundation of a good business, which has doubled during two years. x x I had much labor and anxiety, particularly at first; moving here in bitter weather, New Year’s day, and Minnie [Gunn] being not at all in a position to change houses.” He then speaks of the baby’s death. “I consider myself particularly fortunate in coming here, starting x x x without help in the right quarter. x x I am the only chemist in the place, &c.” Then he describes the place, school, scholars, talks of Byron, of the view from the churchyard, of the climate. “I go to London once a fortnight, and usually pay them a visit at Rodney Buildings. x x I like country-life better than London. I have a little garden and keep bees, have taken 100 lbs of honey, this summer, without destroying the makers. Our house is not a nice or comfortable one, being large and divided into three separate tenements, so there is always some one to overlook you. The shop is right opposite the head master’s house. x x House rent is dear.” He has an apprentice who paid £100 premium and “if he wanted, could

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Business


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