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  20.  Tuesday.   By invitation to George Clarke s in the evening,
where presently arrived Will Waud, Snell, (one of the Danthornian
pupils in the days when Alf Waud visited there,)  Harvey Smith,
engraver on wood, and son to Orrin Smith; and our erect sitting
gentleman whose name I don t remember.   We smoked, drank
very moderately, talked of art, artists, engravings, the London
News, and the like.    Smith is, but for a slight cast in one
eye, every way suggestive of Leech s handsome swells in  Punch, 
has a black artistic moustache, and hair ruffled with a careful
carelessness.   Also he assumes a blase, knows everything, been-
through-everything-and-come-out-on-the-other-side air peculiar to his
class of Englishman.   He s one of the  unattached  wood peckers
of the Illustrated News, and of course knows everybody in that
way.   Leech, he says, dwelt in the house of his father for some
years.    John Timbs is  News  Editor now, Mackay, the good-time-
coming song grinder has gone to the East, there to collect materials for
book-making or correspondence.             We supped, together all, Clarke
having provided a beef steak pie, and broke up about midnight, I
parting with Will Waud and Smith at Trinity Square.
  21.  Wednesday.  Day of Fast and General Humiliation,    or
so decreed by Government, (this indirectly criminating the Almighty with
the infliction fo disasters consequent on wholesale bungling.)          Wrote
to Hannah.  Then, according to invitation, set off with Charley for
a visit to the Chinners, taking omnibus at Bishopgate, and thus to
Stoke Newington.    It was a cold, sunny day, pleasant too.      They
were hospitable enough, gave us a decent dinner, and port wine, Miss
Chinner talked to Charley, and the old man talked at me.  He ram-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty-seven
Description:Describes an evening spent with George Clarke, Will Waud, Harvey Smith, and others.
Date:1855-03-20
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Chinner; Chinner, Mary Anne; Clarke, George; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leech, John; Mackay, Charles; Smith, Harvey; Smith, Orrin; Snell; Timbs, John; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Trinity Square
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.