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bled on in a most wearisome manner, and not one tenth part of
what he said was comprehendible.    Mrs Chinner said little, and
is a good meaning sort of woman enough, But I have no one feeling
or liking in common with  em, and the afternoon passed away most
drearily.     I was called upon to admire Stoke Newington Church
in bright worsted, upon a chaos of mustard colored grass, with
spiky salmon colored clouds in its rear, also a big, nay, a colossal
Abraham and his family, or Lot and his daughters, or something
of the sort; this and more being the handiwork of Miss Mary
Anne Chinner.     She s by no means a chicken, (thirty five or so
I ll swear,,) bustles about sharply, chatters incessantly, is utterly
common-place throughout, and has no jot of womanly grace or feeling
about her.     The canting and churchgoing business is much modified
now, she having hocked a  young man,  and that  young man,  Ned.
She, and her mother manage the business, make out hills &c, and
with the help of a cousin, (a good-humored countryborn fellow, whom
report says  Mary Anne  was desperately  in love  with, once;) do every-
thing, Miss Chinner being as her father once remarked to Charley,
 as good as Butcher as he is.     He s a hospitable, rambling old boy,
and has been a fast countryman in his youth.           /              Now all
this nuisance had to be endured, because we happen to be Ned s
brothers; in pursuance of the English middle-class system that when
a fellow contemplates matrimony he is, firstly to be trotted about to
all the girl s friends, that they may  approve  of Betsy Jane s young man,
next that the relatives must know and bore one another, or they d be
offended.     I had to be bored for half a day at Stoke Newington,
not because Miss Chinner cared a quarter of an ounce of bad meat s worth
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to the Chinner family.
Date:1855-03-21
Subject:Chinner; Chinner, Mary Anne; Chinner, Mrs.; Church buildings; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):Stoke Newington, [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.