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pleasant Sunday afternoons did I and Bill have there.    She must
feel all the pretence and ostentation wearisome at times. /      I
and Mr B retired to the smoking room for an hour or two, subse-
quent to dinner, and he spake of his going to Knebworth in com-
pany with Bulwer, and other matters.     Finally comes in Mrs B,
and addressing her husband as My love, informs him that she has
not had one kiss all day.    Take one!  says he, his legs wide a-
part, one hand in his trouser-pocket, the other holding his pipe.
Which she did.         At the tea drinking were two young men, who
addressed Mr and Mrs B as  Uncle  or  Aunt , and were very at-
tentive to the damsels.     Anon Mrs B endeavoured to poke me up
conversationally, inquiring of things American &c, but I roared but
in great moderation, and left early.                 Walked all the way
home, dropping in at Jack Boutchers by the way, and finding
him upstairs, in the Coffee Room, with some half dozen guests,
his sister and new choice among the number.   He was holding
forth in a hoarse voice, telling a dreary incomprehensible story.
  19. Monday.   Out in the morning to the tailors and thereabouts,
Minnie and Mrs Heath called in afternoon, and I to Sam s
after tea-time; there remaining till 11 or so.   Returning, found
a squat, comely basket in my room, containing presents from Cha-
combe.   Letters from each of the girls, a ring combining their
hair, Hannah s daguerreotype, mits, red and green, from Mary
and Charlotte, and   a pork pie.                      The portrait is
ill done,   the work of that Banbury ass, Thorpe, and no wise
does justice to Hannahs kind earnest face.   Nevertheless I lay
looking at it for a long time.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Barth.
Date:1855-03-18
Subject:Barth; Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Bennett, Mary; Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, Miss; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heath; Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron; Thorpe (Banbury)
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
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.