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she taking it literally had promised to redeem her character by the proposed
feat.  Now Gardiner is a good tempered lawyer s clerk with little pros-
pect of becoming otherwise, had been jilted and professes the marriage
hater.  Rosa & Sarah Ann, George and I abetted.  Miss Susan
was most amusingly in earnest, and utterly sans finesse,   she threw
compliments at the adversary, as though they were sticks at  three throws
a penny,  and she determined to win.  We got  em to try Polka and
Schottishe together, (she dancing for the first time,) she promised to prac-
tice and hoped he d come to-morrow.   She got him to sing and play, and
thanked him loudly and singly.     Everthing she did was so hearty and
good-humored, you equally laughed at and liked her for it.
  7.  Wednesday.   Off to Chacombe for a farewell visit, as promised
in my letter.   Banbury streets were sloppy, and thawing ice puddled
the roads as I left it behind me, but entering Northamptonshire it
seemed as though I were going into cheery winter weather again.
The old church clock indicated 1/2 past noon, as I passed through the
church-yard, and the little vane creaked querulously, as if to say
that many a weary hour would pass ere I came hope-fully towards
Chacombe again.   Exchanging a greeting with old Chinner, (Mrs
Bennett s brother,) and his daughter, I got to house at dinner-
time.   The same warmth of welcome, and the same dear faces, and
the same happiness.   How the hours sped on    !        Hannah
had knit me a pair of mits, like to those which of late, they and the
village folk have been doing for the soldiers in the Crimea, but su-
perior in quality.   There was a fire lit in the special parlor, and there
we all sat, and were very happy, laughing and talking as of old.
And there were precious half hours in which Hannah and I sate alone,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixteen
Description:Describes a visit to the Bennett family at Chacombe.
Date:1855-02-06
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mrs.; Bolton, George; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Bolton, Sarah Ann; Chinner; Gardner, George; Gregory, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):Chacombe, [England]; Banbury, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.