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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 189, April 19, 1859

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Identifier: DX02056750

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 189, April 19, 1859

Description: Regarding Rawson Gill and his brother Gladdy Gouverneur.

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[Glad]dy [Gouverneur]'s father [Adolphus Gouverneur] his bequeathing him money would be readily accounted for. I believe the woman [Elizabeth Gouverneur]'s first husband was much absent from and died away from her. She sinks all mention of him. The youths are as unlike physiognomically as mentally. Rawson [Gill] plain-featured, very much freckled and emphatically homely, Gladdy with lightish curling hair, and but for his puffiness of aspect rather well favored, though he was much handsomer three years back. Rawson unobtrusive, mum, habitually self-reticent, Gladdy sapeonaceous, specious, false, addicted to impudent fawnings on older persons to an extent I never saw equaled by one of his years. He will coax and flatter and embrace his mother in the most odiously hypocritical way before others. He is dishonest, too, and in answer to his brothers remonstrance about his not returning a fiddle to a shop he had obtained it from, said "they didn't know where he lived." His caressing air with women, will I opine, lead to mischief when he grows older. He is almost wholly uneducated and inherently idle. Rawson, as far as I can judge, is doing his best. If his worthless mother would give him the chance of applying himself to studying medecine, as he is endeavouring to do, I have no doubt he would apply to it, hard and fast. He knows she does not love him, knows she is unfit to rule either of her children. Bitter knowledge for a young man to carry about with him in lonely walks at night about the streets of a great city! I am

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-04-19

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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