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  22. Thursday.  Bit of a walk to George Clarke s, he still
out of town; also to Sam s in the evening, Mrs Heath being there.
I saw her husband also, meeting him at omnibi-starting point.
  23.  Friday.  In-doors and matagrabolized, trying to draw,
write, read and effecting naught but the latter.     Wrote to Hannah.
  24. Saturday.   Stroll London bridge-wards, the streets slushy
and filthy, the thaw loosening the ice flakes on the Thames, so that
they were drifting lazily downwards with the tide, and the noisome
river appeared dirtier than I ever recollect to have beheld it.     Ere
I started Mr John Jackson called.  One of most unamiable varieties
of Englishmen is he, and could I recollect all Whitelaws detail of him,
the character would be worthy of a page.   He over-eats himself frightfully,
he is (of course always ill,) always taking physic, he is a tyrant over
all dependants, is a  deacon  and affects sectarianism, is hated by his
kinsfolk, and has taste and ability in his profession.  He is always
swallowing tea, would send boys out of his shop for saveloys, rail at
them if they were not from a particular shop, say they were made of soldiers
coats &c.     He is a portly man, with a bald retreating forehead, glib
withal.    /                 This evening I had another visitor, Mr Brown,
(Charley Damoreau s elder brother.)    He has bidden me to tea-drinking
next week.     I m not prepossesed by the man, at present.  He
talked very fluently, now about the state of things in the Crimea,  
rampantly against Aristocracy, saying that Alberteen ought to die a hun-
dred deaths, that  the people should present themselves in a mass at the
Palace  &c &c and the like bosh; then about the  dear Duchess
of Sutherland, her loss of her son would kill her   she d never survive
it,  and to such shop-keeper-souled twaddle.   I really think he d
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes a visit from Charles Damoreau's older brother.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Brown, William; Clarke, George; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heath; Heath, Mrs.; Jackson, John; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):London, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.