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  29.  Tuesday.  William Bolton off to-day.     I don t like
him; his shrewdness is vilely alloyed with selfishness.    He thinks
not at all of Mary Bennett, as a wife, and for her sake I m glad
of it, (as she is so kindly, and simple, she d accept him.)  Com-
ments are made of her visits to Neithrop, and William told, how
in a Chacombe tavern he d heard himself alluded to as  the man
whom Mary Bennett courts.     Mentioning the thing was of course
brutal taste, but he hasn t a grain of a gentleman in his compo-
sition.             Sarah Ann, Davids, his wife, and other-Banburi-
ans, were in town yesterday, by rail-excursion, but we saw
none of them.        /         Caroline Hogarth at our house, to day. /
I, writing, to Hannah, midst other matters.     This same cor-
respondence is one of the truest and purest pleasures I now profess.
Not that it is very brilliant, or affords great scope for intellectual
display, but that is assures me I have the sympathy of a kind,
frank woman s heart.   Love, like religion, is more a matter
of the affections than the intellect, and sage and simpleton can
alike meet on the common ground of needing sympathy and kindness.
How coldly would our Lord s most divine teaching have appeared 
in the form of dry aphorisms, dogmas and moralities, divorced
from the unworldly life, and touching parables of
                        The first true Gentleman that ever wore
            Earth about him! 
  30.  Wednesday. Calling at King s Arms Yard, learnt
that Harry Price is in the country.  To George Clarke s, finding
him and another at work on big Cemetery Plans for competition.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-six
Description:Regarding his happiness at receiving letters from Hannah Bennett.
Date:1855-05-28
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mary; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Clarke, George; Davids; Davids, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, Caroline; Price, Harry; 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.