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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 203, November 23, 1853

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Identifier: DX04127790

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 203, November 23, 1853

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

Transcription:

thing she [Kate Gardner] did I like her for, named one of her children Naomi, after my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn]. / Ann Bezly’s character is queerish in Banbury & Bloxham, the due sequence of her life. John Edwards has opened a tavern near Southfield. / Of London folk there are items. [Matthew] Whitelaw has absconded, deeply in debt. I knew he was an infidel, ([words crossed out] letter from [William] Boutcher, a year or twain back,) a [words crossed out] / The Barths are “very grand” now, both the girls engaged to well-to-do men. Mrs B [Sarah Wheeler Barth], from my mother got the news of her son [William Barth]’s re-enlistment, and incloses a letter to him in one to me. Mine is brief, talks of the “many trials her son has given her,” that he “had need strive to repay her for what is past ” &c — it’s kind enow to me, personally, and hopes I may be “quite a rich man, by the time I come home to bless my dear Mother — ”

Oh my own true-hearted, loving Mother, right well do I know not a jot or little’s difference in thy love will that matter make to thee! Let me become the miserablest creature, halt, lame, blind, — and sure and stedfast as God’s love will my Mothers warm, brave woman’s heart still cleave to one of her children. I fancy any one speaking ill against them to her! — the strong faith and belief and love she has to us. / I recollect how comfortably resigned to the idea her son was dead, Mrs Barth had got. (I have the most awkward memory of such matters.) “Ah!” quoth she “with a fat sigh, “it’s a great grief to me.” I doubt not she felt his absence, but much in my blessed Aunt Mitchell’s way; — there’s a great lot of bosh, show off, and approbativeness mixed up in all her feelings. And the smug, little, pushing, go-ahead money-making, self opinioned Mesmerist who, forsooth, because Barth didn’t come home to be bottle-washer to him, must write his paternal abuse

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-11-23

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Debt
Parenthood

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