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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 24, June 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02681601

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 24, June 14, 1860

Description: Describes a letter received from Hannah Bennett, regarding Rosa Bolton's divided affections between Charley Gunn and William Hartley.


And Charley [Gunn]’s infatuation.

he [Edwin Gunn] and Hannah [Bennett] talked it over. When Rosa [Bolton] was in London, my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] “must have seen she didn’t love Charley.” Her visit was of his planning; he wanted to see her away from Banbury influences.” He has been wanting to be married years ago; she says she sickens at heart, when it is talked of.” Poor Charley knows Hannah for his friend. He has hopes of obtaining a partnership with the Bagsters(?) — “pecuniary affairs are not his troubles” adds Hannah. How well my dear girl shows in all this! Poor Charley! he’s the best of all of us, and to have dropped into such misery! Little Rosa Bolton shows some honesty in holding off, and I wish to Heaven the match were blown to the Devil! — no happiness can come of it, or of her. She’d get along well enough with [William] Hartley: Charley is his superior, every way. She comes of a breed in which cunning and duplicity runs in the blood. I wouldn’t wonder if her mother [Mary Bolton] weren’t the great advocate of the match. It would be Our stock were well quit of further consanguinity with the Boltons, any way. How damnably family traits repeat themselves! This girl’s mother, when a servant girl, in the employ of my father [Samuel Gunn], after setting her cap in vain, at him — for he wanted money with a wife, doubtless, — threw over some bumpkin-lover, to marry Henry Bol[ton]-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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