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wizened, contracted little woman has reached the same age.    The
daughter is a girl of fifty or so, and really appeared sprightly by
force of contrast.     I sat beside Mr Fielder, and was almost start-
led at his strong likeness to my grandmother, which he increased by
pulling off his black velvet skull cap.    The eyes were fuller, wilder
looking, the eyebrows more angular, but the look was the same. He
talked much, but ramblingly, gave me the old books (Congress Matters
&c about the American War time,) and would send out the footman
for two shilling cakes, which we were to take home with us. (This, I
recollect, was an old custom of his.)       Me he bade come to see him a-
gain, and after half an hours stay, during which I was shown into
an adjoining room to see the portrait of my great grand-mother, (a
handsome Sir Thomas Lawrenceish face,) we left, and homewards,
calling in at Mayall s by the way.                    I don t think this
life of my uncle Fielder s a success.   He s rich enough,   has, they
say 100,000 [pounds], but what avails it to him whose life is confined to
these two rooms, cheerless ones too in all concience, to one of which he
is wheeled each night by the footman.     He has been a worldly,
ambitious, thriving man, connected with the law, the East Indian-
House, I know not what else.     Two sons he has, one a Proctor,
the other married  well , but no children.     The daughter has
travelled on the continent, is accomplished &c.     A dreary house
that in Manchester Street!   I fancy the pretty servant girl
with the plump footman must be happier in the kitchen,
than the parlour folks.(They were secretly married it appeared, afterwards.)
  {20. Tuesday.       Writing to Alf Waud, to Mary Anne,
  21. Wednesday}       and to Miss E Brown.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes visiting his great-uncle Thomas Fielder and his wife with his mother.
Date:1855-02-19
Subject:Brown, Emma; Fielder, Thomas; Fielder, Thomas, Mrs.; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Manchester 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.