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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 205, November 23, 1853

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Identifier: DX04129607

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 205, November 23, 1853

Description: Describes letters received in New York while he was traveling through the South.


[words crossed out] I’ll write him [Samuel Gunn, Jr.] a hearty letter, and many of ‘em — and if ever he needs help and I can help him — may — the devil admire me if I don’t!

/ There’s a dirty, scoundrelly feeling I’ve noted in England, and not in America at all. It’s a dread of having to help relations. Here, if a man’s down he’s helped; — and made to suffer no moral degradation by it. In England, all through the middle classes, I think, this feeling exists. And in this matter I’ll be an American. [words crossed out] A letter from Joe Greatbatch, Australia, voluminous in size and recrossings. Lots of particulars of high prices. He’s tried the diggings twice, each time floored by sickness, will try it again. Writes cheery and self reliant. /

Lastly. A bit of a note from [William] Boutcher, dated Marseilles. A kindly farewell as it were. He is on his way to Nineveh and the old Bible cities, there to sojourn for three years. So, his hand I shall not press when I see them all in England, next year; there’s one item lying cold at heart, I hadn’t reckoned on. Dear friend, book-lover, and true gentleman! [words crossed out]. He will write, periodically, and will I. I bless God that I have brave, rich, loyal hearts to love me, even as I do them! But three — long — years! [word crossed out] To have him by the hand for a minute now! —

My heart’s full, and I can’t write any more to-night.

24. Thursday. Was scribbling a few words corollary to my Mississippi written letters, when [John] Whytal came up. He was going off to see his child [Frederick Whytal], which is thriving in the care of his relatives at Boston. Lotty [Kidder], playing at a Baltimore theatre, company black-legs, so says Whytal. He showed me a long rhyming letter he had sent to Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder, reviling her. He’s prosperous, owing to “Uncle Tom” at the National. / Called at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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