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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 96, October 26-27, 1856

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Identifier: DX03702394

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 96, October 26-27, 1856

Description: Describes receiving a letter from his mother about his father's illness.


I wonder where Lotty [Kidder] is? [word crossed out] Has she accompanied [Arthur] Alleyne to England, or merely gone to another city? The name doesn’t appear on the bills at Wallacks now.

27. Monday. Letters from England. From my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], Hannah [Bennett] and [William] Boutcher. The first contains sombre news. My father [Samuel Gunn] has lain sick for fourteen days of a gastric fever, which seized him while at Milton, a sea-side resort to which he, my mother and sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] had gone. They feared that each day might prove his last. But the strength of his constitution overcame the disease — yet he has not quitted his chamber for seven weeks. His cough and tendency to spitting — both of which left him during the continuance of the fever — have returned, and he still complains of a severe pain in the side. He is thin and emaciated. "God knows what the winter will bring forth," adds my mother.

All this sounds very solemn. Shall I never see my father again? God forgive me for having thought indifferently — unkindly-of him at times! God be merciful to all of us! We need charity and merciful construction every hour of our lives! He is my father, — poor old man, God pity him! — and if I hear that he's gone — I shall feel sad, sorry, self reproachful that I hadn’t loved him more —

I think now of his face, and wish, and wish I could tell him how I would have wished to love him

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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