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near me all my life.)  But to those kind earnest eyes there is
a back ground of soul, to which I can appeal, and not in vain,
for response and sympathy to the thoughts of mine.  Very little
attraction for me would the ordinary run of  love matters  present,
wherein two mortals little knowing their own, or each others natures
pass through the avenue of a Fool s Paradise into Matrimonial Com-
mon Place.     I can see through such business, and would rather
walk alone, self respecting than enter upon it.  But when there s 
the hope of winning a human soul to love you, and being the better,
purer, and nobler for it, why,  tis worth striving for!  /   Look
at the anticipatory couplings of those around me; Ned s to wit.
He, a good-looking, easy going, good humored fellow dropped into
the Chinnerian trap, never thinking it.  She, as Falstaff says
of treason  lay in his way, and he took it up.   They made him
welcome o nights at Stoke Newington, gave him hot tod,  Mary
Anne  did the  very amiable ,  Ned doubtless thought t was time
he should fix somewhere, she was a  good sort of girl , and
so it came about.      Twill probably end in a common place
union, in which there will be no great endearments, no loves,
hopes, and blessed peace and trust in each other, nor perhaps
any very fierce quarrelings.     He ll stay out o nights, she ll
be shrewish and give him  Candle  occasionally.     But what
commonstock of self respect and belief in each other can they
have to fall back upon?   Marriage isn t all kissing, and
lives don t end as in novels, with the ceremony.     /     And
now for Charley s affair.     Little Rosa Bolton is shrewd,
and has feeling, and is, (I rather hope, than believe it,) not
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-two
Description:Gives his thoughts on his brother Edwin's engagement to Mary Anne Chinner.
Date:1855-05-07
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Chinner, Mary Anne; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Women
Coverage (City/State):[London, 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.