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suffered and thought so much.      Hannah, Han-
nah  I will tell you all someday.    I long to,
but to tell her that you love that you have loved
before, as deeply, though far less wisely  
what a task is it?   
  How has Hannah become what she is?  Was she
always this kind and wise?       Or has Love   love
for me, (unworthy cur as I am not to be full of
hope and high courage at possessing it,) inspired
her into these excellences?
  I incidentally mentioned in my last, the little
good natured match-making project of which I sus-
pected was hatching for my benefit.         In comment
Hannah tells of  an offer  she had during the past
summer.    A young farmer of her village, who
 wanting to see life  enlisted and  was in the
late war,  on his return brought trophies, and
spent many evenings at the farm-house.  I thought
him  says Hannah,  a kind, manly fellow, and
noticed him making broad hints that he couldn t
have faith in strangers for a wife.     So when he
left he wrote to me, asking me to withhold my hand
from everyone but himself, as after he had ser-
ved his time he should again be a farmer, and
would rather take me than anybody he ever saw. I 
replied No.        I could not help laughing at a
piece of poetry he attempted to put his wishes into.
Suspecting I was engaged, he said  Perhaps you may
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Regarding an offer of marriage Hannah Bennett received from a farmer enlisted in the army.
Date:1856-12-08
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.