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of the noble men who  let up such a fire in England that never should
be quenched;    all of these will long dwell in memory, making me love
Oxford the more, could I do so.       Anon to the Rogers.  La belle
Sarah and her father were at breakfast, though it was noon, and Tilly
of course present.   So I took lunch, rallied the girls &c, Mr R
left after an hour or so, and anon we dined.        Tilly went off for
a visit, we to meet her in the High Street in half an hour, so
soon I was again crossing Magdalen Bridge with the fair Sarah on
my arm.   Soon found Tilly, then to the Post Office, and from thence
through the city suburbs to the Isis, which for days past had been hard
frozen, affording sport to many skaters.       It was a pleasant scene,
a bright wintry afternoon, the old city with its spires and Ratcliffe dome
in the distance, the pretty river all ice bound, and the skaters.  We had
to pass single file over little bridges, and kept on the streams margin Iffley
wards.   The skaters were criticized and recognized, the girls wishing all
sort of arch mischief to  em.  They were both pleasant, and contrasted
agreably.  I think Tilly is the handsomer, her features are clear cut, nose
arched and delicate, her lips good, and the whole profile perfectly un-vulgar;
she is short though in stature, has pretty decisively feminine ways with
her, and speaks pure and correctly pronounced English.  I hope the
 New Holland  sack Inspector may be worthy of her.   La belle Sarah
however is a different sort of girl.  Her features are less noticeable than
her eyes and hair, her complexion fair and freckled, her nose straitish
inclining to retrouss , but not boldly deigned, her mouth warm and
smiling, but lacking the sweet virginal look one loves so much, her hair
is luxurious and glossy, brown in hue, and she has such a ripe bloom on
her cheeksx that I   ahem ! have doubts it Nature s handiwork be
         (x Tilly rouge s too, but  in moderation  contrasted with her friend.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-four
Description:Describes a walk through Oxford with Tilly Jenkins and Sarah Rogers.
Date:1855-02-13
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Rogers (England); Rogers, Sara; Women
Coverage (City/State):Oxford, England
Coverage (Street):High Street
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.