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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 229, June 26, 1853

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Identifier: DX01291449

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 229, June 26, 1853

Description: Mentions Joe Greatbatch's displeasure with Australia.


nal disarrangements. / To Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s & there all day till 8 or so in the evening. A letter from home, my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] & Rosa [Gunn], writing. Also one from [William] Boutcher, dated from the Tyrol. / Joe [Greatbatch] has forwarded another letter from Australia. Tried a weeks digging at the mines, hard navy’s work, blinding sun and choking dust, and intolerable flies. Was sick, couldn’t stand it, back to Melbourne and carpenters work; building frame house, getting 1 [pound] a day, paying about 2 [pound] expenses weekly. Talks discouragingly about Australia. / Home letters mention John Bolton; George’s younger brother getting married [to Mary Hobley]. The first time I recall to mind seeing him, he was a big boy in a long pinafore, with a face as brown as a gipsy, round and good humored withal.)

Walked to Beach Street, feeling very sick and weak. Talk with Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] awhile, and with Lotty [Kidder] all the rest of the evening, till 11. Seeing I was ill, she was very kind. [words crossed out] She would fain have had me stay there and be nursed awhile, on a stray suggestion of her mother’s to that effect. I lay on the sofa, and she sate on a little stool beside me. “Poor fellow!” said she, her hand on my head, “he’s sick!” And again “I don’t like to think of you sick in that room [290 Broadway], and nobody

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Prices
Clothing and dress
Mineral industries


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