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not aided.   Withal she has a dainty waist and bust, is partial to
flowers, and (I think,) would meet an admirer half way.   She has an
album, wherein scores of admirers have written and plagiarised.  Also she
lieth abed awfully in the morning, and occasionally snubbeth her younger
brothers.  /    Back by 6 or so, and Tilly off by coach at 1/2 past, we
leave her.   I squire la belle Sarah back to her abode, and stay tea,
and the evening.   The boys were present, having come in from skating,
but not Mr R.   Miss Sarah played and sang, I sang, and we talked;
not without thought on my part that there was a dear face at Chacombe
worth all this, a thousand fold over.     Presently a Mr Hurst came in,
and we fraternized, smoked, talked of America &c, supped and sate
awaiting Mr Rogers return, which did not happen till 11.   He was sus-
pected of being out a wooing a certain widow.     I said good-bye at within
a quarter of midnight, made a rapid rush through High Street, got to
Drinkwater s tavern, and secured a bed.       They put me in a room
which had not been ventilated, (I think) since winter set in, inasmuch
that I rose, and smelt at the Water Ewer, thinking the noisome odor
proceeded from too-long-kept water; found it didn t, opened window, turn-
ed in and slept soundly.
  14.  Wednesday.   Breakfast, then Greatbatch s.  Rail at 12 1/2
for London.   Horribly cold in the stupid, exclusive, English cars.
Vulgar faced, scorbutic Oxoman and groom-like friend, in cap and leather
garters in the carriage, he damning College Authorities, both going some
miles down the rail, with skates in pocket.   Half hour pause at some
junction, no where to take shelter from cold wind.   On again, and
to London, when about at freezing point for the blood of the passengers.
Omnibuses, and home again.   Letter from Boutcher to George Clark
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-five
Description:Describes a visit to the Rogers family in Oxford and a journey by rail to London.
Date:1855-02-13
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Drinkwater, John; Greatbatch, Levi; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hurst; Jenkins, Tilly; Railroad; Rogers (England); Rogers, Sara; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Oxford, England]; London, [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.