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who were very fond of her.     I had more than one talk with her, as
she was the keenest witted and cleverest woman in the room.   Twas odd
how, insensibly, all the girls present felt her defiant influence, and I
could nt help thinking as I noticed the sharp glance of her bright eyes,
that  twas pity that all the affectionate part of her nature should have
been so thwarted, and so little developed.     She sang frequently, or
accompanied her brother. (I believe there s a deadly feud between them
and that they scarcely speak to one another.)     Louisa Hogarth is a
very beautiful girl, exquisitely fair in complexion, with rich, silky, dark
hair.   She is a fine girl, tall and voluptuous in figure.  But I m
also afraid she s very silly. (Ned philandered awhile with her, they
say, but finally pronounced her a  muff,  and ended.     But, by Jove,
Miss Chinner s a sorry substitute.)    She, Louisa, is a  girl for
a ball-room,  and for her face, and person, is more beautiful than
any I ve ever known, save one, and that one, Mary Bilton.
Clara is good-looking too, but I didn t see much of her.   Carry
is not handsome having a slight protuberace on the bridge of her nose,
nor is her complexion good.   But the outline of her face is good, and
its expression kind, and she s one of the best girls in the world.
Miss Vaughan is a thin, clear faced, dark haired girl.    /      The
evening was a great success.    Arthur Allom came out very quaintly,
punned a great deal, sang divers songs, tried conversation with Miss
Waud and got snubbed, and was jocular at the supper table. George
Clarke did a queer Irish song, which was thoroughly appreciated.
Mrs Dakin sang exquisitely, better, and with more feeling than
any lady present.     Her husband sang also, also recited, dramatically
Ingoldsby s  Vulgar Boy  and the Pickwickian description of Tupman s decla-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-five
Description:Describes the guests at the party he attended, including Mary Priscilla Waud and the Hogarth sisters.
Date:1855-04-03
Subject:Allom, Arthur; Bilton, Mary; Chinner, Mary Anne; Clarke, George; Dakin; Dakin, Mrs.; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, Caroline; Hogarth, Clara; Hogarth, Louisa; Vaughn, Miss; Waud, Mary Priscilla; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[London, 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.