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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 149, May 15, 1858

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Identifier: DX02060599

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 149, May 15, 1858

Description: Regarding William Leslie's letters to his fiancee, Bella Farr, in Philadelphia.


If so, it’'s a very unwanted proceeding. Well, the man, on the strength of this, came to borrow $10, being very hard up. [William] Leslie began to splurge and object saying he "never lent money, would rather give, &c." So the man asked him to give the sum. "I did'nt say I'd do that," quoth Leslie. Finally he made a half appointment with the man at his office — knowing that at that time he would be on his way to Philadelphia! — his gold bracelet and cameo brooch — value over $100 — in pocket as presents to Miss Bella Farr. It's a very opulent-young-liquor-merchant's wooing after all. He has an idea that to shower gifts upon her is the right thing to do — the sort of conduct expected of him, and tells her she'd better take all she can get before marriage, as she may not get anything afterwards. I take it she's an amiable, rather self willed and slightly pietistic girl of twenty. His letters, which he reads to me after composition are extraordinary productions. With a pencil and a sheet of paper he sits laboring over 'em, for a whole evening, copies the result out fairly at his counting-house in the morning, makes another copy to keep by him — just as if it were a business transaction — and then sends No 2 off. They are ungrammatical, tantological, lumberourdly exaggerated in sentiment, and always contain a snatch of heavy poetry which he has hunted up with infinite pains out of [Walter?] Scott, or a Poetical Quotation Book. I chaff 'em throughout, he defending every violation of grammar &c very good naturedly. His common inquiry is "Do you want to see another 'idiotic epistle?" Sometimes however he thinks he has acquitted himself quite finely.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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