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ever vulgar, though occasionally boisterous.
She had no great education, like the rest of the
family, but her natural quickness of parts enabled
her to do more than pass muster.          She was
generous and approbative, a coquette by nature,
as how could she avoid being, with her beauty
and lack of culture?       I don t think she ever
loved me, or felt more than was provoked by
my extreme passion and pertinacious pursuit of
her.       That touched her into a sort of recipro-
cation.      The religion didn t better her nature,
which became moulded by it.        She could never
get over my heterodoxy about hell-fire, and that
parted us.        I think of her not often and
without pain; though sometimes with a twinge
of regret for the irrevocable past and innocent
days of youth gone by for ever   but that s
all.      I know Hannah is the nobler and deeper
nature, that she loves me more than Mary Bil-
ton ever did, that she must be, by this time,
quite an old maid   for I don t think she
has got married   I never can suppose that
somehow, I would give a good deal to talk
with some one who knows the family and obtain
news of her.         That ll come someday, though
probably I shall never see her again in this
world.               After all it s a sad business,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighteen
Description:Regarding his past feelings for Mary Bilton.
Date:1860-06-10
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.