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for me, but   I was Ned s brother, and it was therefore inferred
needed propitiation.     They cannot give you credit for a common sense
respect for the right of others to do as they please.   I don t object, and
will be as evil to my Chinnerian sister in law as is compatible with
out several natures, will like her as much as I can, but why the
devil am I to be bored thus?       They do these things better in America.
When Swinton married his friends didn t outlaw him, although I think
they had scarcely seen the lady till the wedding morning.    You do as you
please, sans dictation open or covert, and things arrange themselves natu-
rally.     /                               We left at 7, and to Bishopgate, there, as
I had promised Mrs Barth to visit the Williams , in Artillery Lane.
It is a narrow passage, leading from the thoroughfare, and their house
an old fashioned public house, with low floors, and queerly shaped rooms.
You go through the bar, and bar parlor, thence upstairs, where we found
Mrs Williams & Waylon, with their husbands, also Mrs Barth.
Here the time passed more pleasantly, especially after the mother was
gone, (she conducting herself in the usual style.)    There was much
singing at the piano, of course.     I like Eliza, (Mrs Williams) much
the better of the two.    The other, though fair and innocent looking, has
conceit of her singing, and I think, inclines to pride herself over her sister
on account of the  profession  of her husband.  She takes much after her
mother, both in feature and style.     Eliza, now, has a kind, womanly face,
thinks less of herself, and I think, sees a little that her mother is not al-
together to be believed in.     When Waylon, (whom I like immensely,) and
his wife had left; Mr Williams and his wife fell to talking of their
wooing.    There was less management on the part of Mrs B, than I had
supposed, she only abetting, (when she found Williams  had position.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes a visit the Mrs. Barth's daughters, Mrs. Waylon and Eliza Williams.
Date:1855-03-21
Subject:Barth, Mrs.; Chinner, Mary Anne; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Swinton, Alfred; Swinton, Alfred, Mrs.; Waylon; Waylon, Mrs.; Williams (England); Williams, Eliza
Coverage (City/State):Bishopsgate, [London, England]
Coverage (Street):Artillery Lane
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.