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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 204, November 23, 1853

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Identifier: DX04128699

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 204, November 23, 1853

Description: Describes letters from his mother and his brother Sam.


of his son [William Barth]’s innocent wife [Maria Barth], — whom he didn’t know. An energetic, highly respectable, little quack [words crossed out] is Mr Barth Senior; and I don’t bow down and worship any such. Barth’s was an imprudent marriage perchance, — but ‘twill prove the wisest thing he’s done for many a day. He, before, squandered his money, knew knaves and harlots, and was always in debt. Now he has pure, home pleasures, a simple hearted girl to wife who loves him dearly and a home. / Why, my brother Sam [Gunn]’s is an imprudent marriage in Mammon’s eyes, and how does my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] speak of it? She is tenderly anxious for their welfare, speaks of “dear Samuel and his pretty wife [Minnie Franklin Gunn],” how “industrious” and “persevering” he is. And the fellow himself writes me the kindest, the heartiest, and most brotherly letter in the world. [words crossed out] He has a shop in the Walworth Road, with big red, and blue lamps, a six roomed house and little surgery. (By Jove, into that shop I mean to walk some day and surprise him, how I can picture up the scene!) He loves his little wife dearly, strives hard and looks forwards bravely to independence. A friend lent him money to start (my Father [Samuel Gunn, Sr.], as usual, never does anything that way.) He and his young wife take little Sunday excursions together — to Greenwich &c — how I can picture it, and love them for it. Says Sam “You wont refuse to shake hands, and say a kind word to her.” No, by Jove the Thunderer! Neither Edwin [Gunn] or Charles [Gunn] have. [words crossed out] I’m sorry for it. Samuel is hurt by it, and asks if they are jealous of his doing more than they, his being ambitious of a position & home, [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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