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and her kind earnest brown eyes looked into mine, and her dark hair
rested against my cheek.    And may God bless her, and make me
worthy of her love.
  8.  Thursday.  Snow flakes falling fast and furious, a real
storm, so I  can t go back to Neithrop to day.   But Michael
Bennett, farmer, has to, it being market day, and off he starts dis-
daning proffered umbrellas.         Another day of happiness. Sometime
in the morning finishing the initials commenced on the day of my arrival
and appending this day s date thereto, upon the trunk of the old tree,
in the garden, snow falling fast, and drifting into the wounds on the
bark my knife made.       And sometime in the afternoon out with
Mary & Hannah to visit the old grandfather, at their uncle William
Bennett s house.   He sat in the chimney corner, a plump healthy looking
girl and a child with him.   He talked a little, asked of my father,
said he himself had a cold, and that indeed it was wintry weather.
I tried to get him to speak of my father s first wife, and of matters
three parts of a century old, and he did to some little extent, but was
deaf, and apt to mistake questions.   An old man Sir, and his wits
(God help us!) are not so blunt as they should be.  Meantime the
snowstorm was at its height, and when wh we had got back to the
shelter of home, it was with flushed faces and whitened garments.
Time sped on.    Michael returned from Banbury with accounts of
how fast the snow flakes fell, how they half-blinded the wayfarer,
and how they filled the road.     We were all happy, but not un-
mindful of to-morrow, and so, quiet at times, but loved each
other none the less for the approaching parting.  We were, as yesterday
in the best room, the girls, John and I; their father and mother in
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventeen
Description:Describes a visit to the Bennett family at Chacombe.
Date:1855-02-07
Subject:Bennett (England); Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, John; Bennett, Mary; Bennett, Michael; Bennett, Mrs.; Bennett, Sr.; Bennett, William; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.