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and listened to their talk, occasionally putting in a word or two.  They
spoke of yachts and ship-building, of smoking, of actresses and of
the one dominant idea in Mason s skull, the Thames Tunnel.  The
man is the resident something-or-other there, and has been for twenty
years or so; and the fact has rendered him such a paramount nui-
sance that you wish the river would get in, drown him and Brunel s
bore all together.     He is ignorant beast too, knowing only in facts and
figures, hates poor people, loves an obscene jest, and has inordinate con-
ceit.      I had to be bored, by seeing furnaces and engines, a desolate
garden frowned upon by a great black gasometer, arbours made of shells
and four little spirits of fountains blown awry by a bleak wind, a sombre
sky overhead.       I had to go through (and down to) the great, dank,
long-cellar-like utilitarian Tunnel, in company with a young man,
(whom I felt sorry for, he must have found it so almighty slow,)
finally I had to subside into  Calmet s Bible,  and escape Mason
and Stokes by going into the women s room.     But I couldn t talk
to anybody, we d no likings in common.                   We left by 11,
and returned on foot through the dark and squalid Rotherithe streets,
and a steady rain.  No omnibuses or cabs to be had about there.
So my sisters put their dresses over their heads, and glided along in
white, each under shelter of a big umbrella; I strode along unwetted
in talma, and rather thought  it served us right. 
  9.  Monday.  Being out this morning met Wilkins, whom I
last saw during my Holmes time in New York.   He recognized
me, we drank together, and he told me he had been two years in
England, but would return to the U.S. ere long.              Called at
Hepburn s, unsuccessfully, then home to dinner.       To Sam s in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to the Mason family.
Date:1855-04-08
Subject:Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hepburn; Mason (England); Stokes, Henry; Wilkins
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.