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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 99, January 29-30, 1859

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Identifier: DX03280668

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 99, January 29-30, 1859

Description: Regarding his homesickness for England.

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[Mrs. Patten] does her duty to her husband, loves her boy, not wisely, perhaps, and spite of her fiddle-playing and tongue, is a kind-hearted woman. Especially for this country. I have been, at odd snatches of time, dressing, feeding, taking my one matin pipe &c going through the "Scouring of the White Horse" by that trump of an author of "Tom Brown." It has given me a yearning for England — rustic England; and will doubtless affect many banished fellows thus, all over the world. The dialect is akin to that of my native Oxfordshire — how familiar and pleasant to me. It touches me as Burn's localism must Scotchmen. Oh that I could only live in England! in dear, beautiful, stately, beneficent old Oxford, most beautiful of cities in this world! Why was my lot cast in this d____d demagogueocracy? Well, perhaps to do something after all, when I have learnt my lesson. Perhaps to show it up — who knows? God help me to tell truth and nothing but truth, if he intends me to do it. Perhaps I may never get the chance. What raw material have I amassed in these diarizings! All sorts of scruples beset me as to doing this, whether it is’nt infernally wrong, unfair, &c — but I must keep on. It's grown part of my Nature.

30. Sunday. Col. [Hugh] Forbes up, as I sat in [Jesse] Haney's room. Forthwith he plunged into a description of the modus operandi of gas-making in general and the one mode destined to supersede them and make his fortune &. As

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-01-29

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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