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ration to the spinster Aunt, to perfection,  making up  for the perform
ance.                   After supper, our mirth waxed tumultuous, speeches,
comic songs, and uproarous chorusses being the order of the night.
My health was drunk, musically, Boutchers (whom nearly all
present knew,)  Absent Friends  &c, and we broke up at 3, after
a most stentorian  We won t go home till morning. 
  4. Wednesday.  In doors repairing damages consequent on
yesterdays jollity, and some mental excitement consequent on my
change of plans.      Wrote & received Letter, to and from Chacombe.
  5.  Thursday.   To Paternoster Row, to Charley, (who goes off
to Neithrop tonight,) thence to Hatton Garden.    Called on Jack
Boutcher.       Another  party  at our house to-night, but everyway
a slower affair than the other.     The Miss Stokes , Mrs Mason and
daughter, Walem and his wife, Foulds and Rowbottom.  Minnie
also, and Sam.    Edwin returned from Hampshire for three days
stay, or so.     Rowbottom sang, as did Mrs Walem, I talked
to Walem, and sat beside Minnie, who was a little snubbed and
neglected, I think, by my sisters.    Most of the people were uninster
esting and unamusable, the Stokes  could nt do anything, Foulds
hasn t any decided outline of character, Mrs Mason is I don t
like, and only Rowbottom and Mrs Walem amused the company by
singing.   It was a swindle on them to invite  em, but they liked it.
Walem was happy enough.   It ended early, by 12 or so.
  6.  Friday.   Walked through the spring like afternoon and genial
sunshine to St Martins le Grand, had tea with Mrs Stone and 
her daughter Emma, talked much of Boutcher, stayed two hours or
so, then returned.  John Hogarth supped with us, having been to church with
my two sisters.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-six
Description:Describes another party held at his house.
Date:1855-04-03
Subject:Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, William; Dakin; Foulds; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, John; Mason, Miss (England); Mason, Mrs. (England); Rowbottom; Stokes, Miss; Stone, Emma; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher); Wallem; Wallem, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Paternoster Row
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.