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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 202, November 23, 1853

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Identifier: DX04126882

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 202, November 23, 1853

Description: Describes a letter received from his mother regarding friends and family in England.

Transcription:

half an hour’s talk, [J.S.] Newberry went off for the Crystal Palace. He had, last night opened, from the west. [Alfred] Waud tarried longer, giving me news, then left. I to work again. Effected clearance of old clothes by rigging out small urchins who came up to sell matches. By nigh 3 I had nearly reduced room to order, and got hungry. Dined at Erford’s. Got hair cut. Went to old place in Canal Street & had warm bath, rasping and shampooing myself to an intensity of cleanliness. (When, yester-evening I arrived in New York, I looked like unto a very haggard, dismal Californian.) Then, feeling comfortably clean in every garment; to [174] Mulberry Street. Found Mary Anne [Greatbatch], but Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch and boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] soon appeared. Letters awaiting me. Supped with them, stayed till 7 1/2, then to room. Wrote note to Newberry designing to leave it at his hotel, but met him in Broadway, while on the way thither. To Thompson’s together, had a stew, then to Erford’s. Parted at 10, and I to my room and bed, there to uninterruptedly read home letters. / I’m not ashamed to write that I cried over ‘em. O home! O dear mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], never more deeply loved than now; lying so deep and close in my heart — what will the meeting will with ye be? My mother & father [Samuel Gunn] have been to Neithrop, on a visit. There’s two railroads to Banbury, two termini; and the old town is lit with Gas! It is laid on in the old farm-house. Uncle [Henry Bolton] and Aunt looking [Sarah Edward Bolton] — older; Henry [Bolton] “stout,” William [Bolton], a coal-merchant, and “beau” — bah! George [Bolton] quiet & studious — as wont. John [Bolton], married, in wool trade at Ensham. Dick [Bolton] a chemist at Sunderland, — Edwin [Bolton], a pinafored spoiled child in my recollection, trying grocer trade in Banbury. Rosa [Bolton] & Sarah Ann [Bolton] discontented with house-drudgery. / The [word crossed out] Chacombe folks — now God in Heaven bless them! — are well, and happy. They haven’t forgot me. The old grandfather is 88. The old Priory is empty again. / Kate Gardiner, whom I recollect, as visiting us in John Street days, is dead, & has left four children. / One

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-11-23

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Children
Clothing and dress
Railroads
Transportation
Gas-lighting

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