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this world.   I wonder what sort of a day  twas, whether still or a raw
gusty one.  Just about then to Richard Gunn, Master Dick s father had
been killed on the road from Banbury to South Newton, for my mother
was told of it in her confinement. Ned would be told as they do to all
elders, that  his nose was out of joint  and the like.  William Bolton,
my Uncle Henry s brother was alive, and had the farm then.  So it was;  
now had a magic mirror shewn to my mother what twenty-five years would trans
magnify that red infant into, what would she have said?     My Mary too  
she was then a child of one or two years, toddling about Newman street house
wherein she was born.
  16. Sunday.  In-doors all day, drawing on mahogany. Alf and 
Cross with me.  News of the Atlantic steam-ship, all safe, so I hope to have
Mary s letter to-morrow.   Little Mason pays us a visit in the afternoon. I
wonder what Charley s doing, in some strange Boarding house?              The
boys Fred and Eddy called in the afternoon.
  17. Monday.  Drawing all the day. Letters arrive from England.
From home, from Boutcher and from M.    Another from M!  
And as I read it through the old, sad heart ache was with me   even as
I felt years ago.  She had thought, and still thinks she is wrong in writing
to me   
  I see, and forsee all, now.  Little love has she to give in return for
me so patient and faithful as mine.   Weighing and guaging all by one mode
she can judge by no other.       A narrow, very narrow horizon is hers to breathe
in.   Sympathy, love, duty, all bounded by chapel-walls.    I believe not
in Eternal Hell, so                             There! I m weary of it, and
sick at heart.   Little knows she how I have loved; or to sorry purpose
if she knew it.   Like Dobbin in the Tale I have been at her feet so
long that she forgets I may stand erect.   And that I must, will do.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-nine
Description:Comments on his birthday and receiving a letter from Mary Bilton.
Date:1851-02-15
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Birthdays; Boardinghouses; Bolton, William, Sr.; Boutcher, William; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Richard; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mason; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Banbury, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.