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to stop, and the former to be married, which takes place, my
sisters abetting.       And now, how has the matter resulted?
She sits in the little surgery-parlor, finds life rather dull,
wants to be petted, to make country visits, to be  squired about,
to do little visits to theatres &c.     He, in the shop, grows
anxious about lack of custom, increasing Income tax and war-
prices.     I like Sam, he s a kindly fellow, persistent in his
business, but cannot think his a marriage to be envied. Whether
conscious of it or no, they both feel weary of it, at times, and
have little spirits of ill temper, one towards the other.   /
For Tilly, I think I know why she s up in London again,  
something in the wind apropos of Joe Stokes, whom Charley
speaks of as a Londoner who thinks it a  fast  thing to o to 
 Casinos.      They re plotting matrimony, and Minnie abetting
it, in aid of her sister.   Joe has written to Sam that he ll 
 give up his situation  to him, that he wants  to see the world, 
and Tilly tells me that she  wants to go to America ! Ahem!
Let  em play out the play!
       And you, too, the writer of all this, who are learning
to love, not to deserve, the warm hearted English girl; who
would be very lonely, weary, and heart sick; would regret 
that you had returned to England at all, but for her and
your mother s face,   is there No thought of Mary Bilton s
beautiful features, and voice now?   There has been, overmuch
of late, but it grows fainter, fainter                   Months back,
not long after my return to England I wrote a few lines to her, asking her
did she wish to see me.  I had no answer.  I sent Price to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-four
Description:Comments on his brother Sam's marriage to Minnie, and his feelings for Hannah Bennett.
Date:1855-05-07
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Jenkins, Tilly; Marriage; Price, Harry; Stokes, Joe; 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.