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They met at one of the Sunday  courting clubs,  as Williams phrases
it,   Church or Chapel meetings, he used to see her home &c; both
were strongly determined to have one another &c, Mr Barth complained
that Eliza didn t do his correspondence & accounts right, finally the
paternal Williams, (who at first, like a true British parent, objected to
his son thinking of marrying and settling in life when he was only about
five and thirty,) put him in business, and here they are.
  22.  Thursday.   In doors.    By William Barth s letter to his
mother, I learn he s got over his accident pretty well.    Talks of studying
medicine in Michigan college, sending wife and child to Florida the while,
working hard, getting money, and returning to England.     If he do
the latter, it will be only to dispossess himself of rose-tinted home notions,
and to find that America is the land for him.
  23.  Friday.  Wrote Chacombe letters, to the three sisters, and John.
  24. Saturday.  Out during the afternoon, (principally to read the
 Newcomes,  at coffee-shop.)       Found Tanner, one of Charley s school-
chums at our house on return, on a visit.
  25.  Sunday.  A day of calls here, in consequence of the recent
illness of both of my sisters.     In the morning came Sam, also Foulds,
(who is a donkey.)     In the afternoon Carry Hogarth, and her brother
John, who stayed.    He s a hearty, good looking fellow.   Harry Price
came also, supping with us.     Tanner, Charley & I took a long 
stroll in the morning.
  26.  Monday.  Out with Tanner, and Charley, calling for the latter
at Paternoster Row; thence to all sorts of unknown regions eastwards
of Clerkenwell, and about the City Road, Tanner having to make lots
of business calls.   He s a good humored, sensible, kindly fellow, a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty
Description:Describes a letter from William Barth and how Eliza Williams met her husband.
Date:1855-03-21
Subject:Barth; Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, John; Bennett, Mary; Foulds; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, Caroline; Hogarth, John; Price, Harry; Tanner, Stephen; Williams, Eliza; Williams (England)
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Pasternoster Row
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.