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watch and clockmaker at Lewes; one of that class of stable, quiet
worthy young Englishman, thoroughly good and unpretending.
  27.  Tuesday.  To the Sydenham Palace with Tanner and Charley,
where we had a very pleasant day, returning to steaks and a cosy evening
with cigar accompaniment, at home, in the little front parlor.
  28.  Wednesday.   A hopelessly wet day, but out with Tanner, as
arranged.  With Charley together in Hatton Garden, as once before, I
to order signet ring &c, he chain.     Then I & Tanner by omnibus west-
wards, he getting out at Regent Street, I at Kensington Church.   At
Vassal Terrace, I m shown into a dull front parlor, looking out on the drip
ping trees and slanting rain, the fire is lit, and smokes considerably, and
presently Mrs Waud appears, and tells me that William, having to at-
tend at a meeting of Delamotte s creditors, wouldn t be in till 4.
It was 1   then.    I was going at once, (not a little irate, at his not
letting me know by letter, as I d only come at his express invitation,)
but Mrs W being very earnest for me to stop, telling me her husband
was coming home to an early tea, purposely to meet me, I stayed.   The
fire rough dried me, cold dinner was sent up, and subsequently Mrs
W held me company, also her sister, (Alf s  Aunt Nanny, ) and presently
Miss Mary Priscilla Waud.    Will arrived by 4 1/2 and then his father,
a little man, with a grave sharp face, and iron-grey hair, elaborately
civil in his address to me.    We had tea, and sat conversing, and
for some hours later were in the upper rooms, to music.  I don t
like this family.     There s an unpleasantly dominant wilfulness
manifest in all of its members, prompting them to little outbursts of
ill-temper, before visitors.   They are prone to administering what I ve
heard Alf call  Choke-pears  to one another.  There appears to be no
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-one
Description:Describes a visit to the Waud family in London.
Date:1855-03-26
Subject:Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nanny; Tanner, Stephen; Waud; Waud, Mary Priscilla; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Kensington Church; Regent Street
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.