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Dead silences would occur occasionally, and altogether I couldn t
feel anyway in a friendly atmosphere.                I can very well un-
derstand how a domestic ogre-ism may have effected all this.   /
Having outstayed the departure of the last omnibus, accepted the offer of
a bed there.
  29.  Thursday.  After breakfast, returned Charing [Cross?]) ways
on the  Knife board  of omnibus, with Will Waud.   Home alone, and
in doors all day.
  30. Friday.   Evening at George Clarke s.
  31. Saturday.  With Tanner to Sams in the morning.   Afternoon
a call at Whitelaws, then to Paternoster Row, (meeting Toner by the
way, who recognized me,) and with Tanner and Charley to the
Olympic Theatre.  Finding that closed, we took cab to the Princess s.
Charles Kean and  Louis XI.   The evening partially a failure, the
principal piece being a translation of a french drama combining stealings
from Quentin Durward, a chapter of Notre Dame and much original
bosh.   The most attractive features of it, were the excessively plump, hand
some legs of a Miss Carlotta Leclerc, who played the Dauphin of 
  1. Sunday.   With Charley saw Tanner off by rail.   He has an
ogre of a father who pays him 20 [pounds] per year for hard work, who forced
his elder son to run away twice, and on one occasion looked him up
for two weeks, feeding him on bread and water. (That son s now in Aus-
tralia.          Three days ago Tanner senior wrote up, to my father, about
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-three
Description:Describes an evening at the theater with his brother Charley and Tanner.
Subject:Clarke, George; Durward, Quentin; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kean, Charles; Leclerc, Carlotta; Tanner; Tanner, Stephen; Theater; Toner; Waud, William; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Paternoster Row
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.