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thing she did I like her for, named one of her children Naomi, after
my mother. /         Ann Bezly s character is queerish in Banbury & Blox-
ham, the due sequence of her life.            John Edwards has opened a tavern
near Southfield. /             Of London folk there are items.  Whitelaw
has absconded, deeply in debt.     I knew he was an infidel, 
(letter from Boutcher, a year or twain back,) a 
 /      The Barths are  very grand  now, both the
girls engaged to well-to-do men.   Mrs B, from my mother got the
news of her son s re-enlistment, and incloses a letter to him in 
one to me.   Mine is brief, talks of the  many trials her son has given
her,  that he  had need strive to repay her for what is past   &c   it s
kind enow to me, personally, and hopes I may be  quite a rich
man, by the time I come home to bless my dear Mother    
	Oh my own true-hearted, loving Mother, right well do I
know not a jot or little s difference in thy love will that matter make to
thee! Let me become the miserablest creature, halt, lame, blind,  
and sure and stedfast as God s love will my Mothers warm, brave
woman s heart still cleave to one of her children.     I fancy any one
speaking ill against them to her!   the strong faith and belief
and love she has to us. /        I recollect how comfortably resigned
to the idea her son was dead, Mrs Barth had got. (I have the
most awkward memory of such matters.)   Ah!  quoth she  with
a fat sigh,  it s a great grief to me.                I doubt not she felt
his absence, but much in my blessed Aunt Mitchell s way;   there s
a great lot of bosh, show off, and approbativeness mixed up in all
her feelings.           And the smug, little, pushing, go-ahead money-making,
self opinioned Mesmerist who, forsooth, because Barth didn t come
home to be bottle-washer to him, must write his paternal abuse
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and three
Description:Describes a letter received from his mother regarding friends and family in England.
Date:1853-11-23
Subject:Barth; Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Bezly, Ann (Drinkwater); Boutcher, William; Edwards, John (England); Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gardner, Mrs.; Gardner, Naomi; Mitchell, Mrs.; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.