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Describes his wishes to live in Oxford with Hannah Bennett as his wife. Transcription: lying afar across those three thousand miles of Atlantic water. Not a spot of it, excepting only cruel London (where I have ever suffered more than enjoyed,) ? but I have kindly thought of. How happy could I be in noble, beautiful Oxford, with some quiet, studious, moderately paid office, and Hannah [Bennett], kind earnest eyed Hannah! who loves me ? to wife! With leisure to put the very best of me into books, I think ? I believe, I could do something the world might be the better for. Ah! what peaceful

Describes his wishes to live in Oxford with Hannah Bennett as his wife.  Transcription: lying afar across those three thousand miles of Atlantic water. Not a spot of it, excepting only cruel London (where I have ever suffered more than enjoyed,)  ? but I have kindly thought of. How happy could I be in noble, beautiful Oxford, with some quiet, studious, moderately paid office, and Hannah [Bennett], kind earnest eyed Hannah! who loves me  ? to wife! With leisure to put the very best of me into books, I think  ? I believe, I could do something the world might be the better for. Ah! what peaceful  Stock Photo
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18 January 2015

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Describes his wishes to live in Oxford with Hannah Bennett as his wife. Transcription: lying afar across those three thousand miles of Atlantic water. Not a spot of it, excepting only cruel London (where I have ever suffered more than enjoyed,) ? but I have kindly thought of. How happy could I be in noble, beautiful Oxford, with some quiet, studious, moderately paid office, and Hannah [Bennett], kind earnest eyed Hannah! who loves me ? to wife! With leisure to put the very best of me into books, I think ? I believe, I could do something the world might be the better for. Ah! what peaceful evening walks would we have about those dear English lanes, what a cheery household, and few choice, life-long friends to mellow it ? [William] Boutcher and kindly George Clarke might suffice to make residence in England desirable. It will never be realized, that air-picture! Who are you that you should expect greater happiness than falls to the lot of others? 4. Sunday. [A.F.] Banks up as I was dressing. Walked with him and O'Mana, (whom we joined at Homer's,) up town, I leaving them at Bleecker Street, deep in argument about an 'Herald' article reviling [William Makepeace] Thackeray. Banks landed its ability in his usual exaggerated, unconsidered way, ? asserting as won ?t that 'not half a dozen men in New York could equal it.' O'Mana took the opposite. (I afterwards read over the matter and found it illogical, stupid, malicious, brutal, mean, and mendacious, in point of composition utterly contemptible. I have not overstated this one jot. To [James] Partons. Dined with him, then some work, till he a sudden and violent toothache compelled him to cease. I had a Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 164, November 3-4, 1855 . 3 November 1855. Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

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