They met at one of the Sunday �courting clubs,� as Williams phrases
it, Church or Chapel meetings, he used to see her home &c; both
were strongly determined to have one another &c, Mr Barth complained
that Eliza didn�t do his correspondence & accounts right, finally the
paternal Williams, (who at first, like a true British parent, objected to
his son thinking of marrying and settling in life when he was only about
five and thirty,) put him in business, and here they are.
22. Thursday. In doors. By William Barth�s letter to his
mother, I learn he�s got over his accident pretty well. Talks of studying
medicine in Michigan college, sending wife and child to Florida the while,
working hard, getting money, and returning to England. If he do
the latter, it will be only to dispossess himself of rose-tinted home notions,
and to find that America is the land for him.
23. Friday. Wrote Chacombe letters, to the three sisters, and John.
24. Saturday. Out during the afternoon, (principally to read the
�Newcomes,� at coffee-shop.) Found Tanner, one of Charley�s school-
chums at our house on return, on a visit.
25. Sunday. A day of calls here, in consequence of the recent
illness of both of my sisters. In the morning came Sam, also Foulds,
(who is a donkey.) In the afternoon Carry Hogarth, and her brother
John, who stayed. He�s a hearty, good looking fellow. Harry Price
came also, supping with us. Tanner, Charley & I took a long
stroll in the morning.
26. Monday. Out with Tanner, and Charley, calling for the latter
at Paternoster Row; thence to all sorts of unknown regions eastwards
of Clerkenwell, and about the City Road, Tanner having to make lots
of business calls. He�s a good humored, sensible, kindly fellow, a