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of his son s innocent wife,   whom he didn t know.       An energetic,
highly respectable, little quack is Mr Barth Senior; and
I don t bow down and worship any such.      Barth s was an impru-
dent marriage perchance,   but  twill prove the wisest thing he s done
for many a day.    He, before, squandered his money, knew knaves and
harlots, and was always in debt.      Now he has pure, home pleasures,
a simple hearted girl to wife who loves him dearly and a home.     /
Why, my brother Sam s is an imprudent marriage in Mammon s eyes,
and how does my Mother speak of it?      She is tenderly anxious for their
welfare, speaks of  dear Samuel and his pretty wife,  how  industrious 
and  persevering  he is.       And the fellow himself writes me the kindest,
the heartiest, and most brotherly letter in the world. [words crossed out]
      He has a shop in the Walworth Road, with big red,
and blue lamps, a six roomed house and little surgery.   (By
Jove, into that shop I mean to walk some day and surprise him,
how I can picture up the scene!)     He loves his little wife dearly,
strives hard and looks forwards bravely to independence.       A friend
lent him money to start  (my Father, as usual, never does any
thing that way.)     He and his young wife take little Sunday excur-
sions together   to Greenwich &c   how I can picture it, and love
them for it.     Says Sam  You wont refuse to shake hands, and
say a kind word to her.     No, by Jove the Thunderer!   Neither
Edwin or Charles have.  
I m sorry for it.         Samuel is hurt by it, and asks if they are
jealous of his doing more than they, his being ambitious of a position &
home, 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and four
Description:Describes letters from his mother and his brother Sam.
Date:1853-11-23
Subject:Barth; Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.