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the parlor, he in high good-humor. (He had brought in 100 [pounds] from
market, and handed it to his wife, with a  That s better than if I
had stayed and spent it. )    Also he had, according to time hon-
ored custom with him, brought home four pounds of sprouts (one exta
for me,) as he informed me; and Hannah presided at the frying
pan.         So time wore on, the wind blew gustily and chill outside,
the deep snow hid all the country, and multitudinous stars twinkled
icily above.        I stole a few minutes out o doors to look at the scene,
the bare hedges, the tall skeleton poplars with the night wind shaking
them, the old, old house, with its snow hid thatch, and the light
twinkling in its casement, the snow lying some three feet deep under-
foot.     And then   oh how happy was it to enter to that fire side
again, with the kindly faces and loving hearts there.     Perhaps we
were less sad this evening than on a former one, as each one did his or 
her best to burk the dismals.       But when I said  Good Night 
to Hannah, and the door of my bed room door closed on as kind a
face and as pure a heart as is in this world, I could have sobbed to
think that a few brief weeks would see me on the cruel Atlantic,  
God knowing when we ll meet again.
  9.  Friday.  Good bye to all, of which I shall say no more.
The snowy road, occasionally a trench cut through snow bulwarks.
Neithrop, and dinner.   Letters from New York.   One from Miss
Brown, Charley s good old maiden sister, enclosing a letter to her
sister in Bond Street, and bidding me call, and take it.   Another
from Alf Waud, with news of fellows.   Hard times there, general
distress; work men holding meetings in the Park, Militia regiments under
arms in apprehension of riot.   Picayune  keeps Alf s head above water,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page eighteen
Description:Describes his last night with the Bennett family in Chacombe and a letter from Alf Waud in New York.
Date:1855-02-08
Subject:Bennett (England); Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mrs.; Brown, Emma; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Chacombe, England]; [Banbury, England]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; 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.