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  11.  Wednesday.  In doors, doing little.
  12.  Thursday.  In the evening, as promised, with my
sisters to a party, at the Hogarth s.  They live in the Mile End
Road, a little beyond the turnpike gate.   The entertainment consist
ed in singing and dancing, now a polka, quadrille, or schottische,
sandwiched by the ladies  performance upon the piano, or vocalisation.
They had got together a number of agreable, pleasant people; old
Hogarth is a kind, hearty, genial old boy, and his wife his fitting
counterpart, John bustled about, danced and sang songs, and pressed
everybody to take wine with him, Carry was as goodnatured as usual,
played much on the piano, the belle Louisa smiled, laughed and
simpered, and Clara was the innocent, amiable faced girl she looked.
There were three or four cityish men, one bald headed, the other young,
I didn t dance, but talked, chiefly with Miss Vaughan, (who s in-
tellectual face I liked,) till challenged by belle Louisa, after sup-
per, where I encircled her waist in the gyrations of a lengthy country
dance.      Some of the girls sang pretty well.    I m sorry my sister
Rosa tried it, for the first time, in my experience.   The effect was
doleful, as she  went in  in a hollow, centrained, and perfectly un-
natural voice, which made me unexpressibly miserable, from sympathy.
I was fearfully yawny and sleepy during the last three hours, for
we didn t get away till near 3 of the morning.    Weary work this
party-giving spite of the kindness intended.   I d rather have met
the Hogarth s in their own home circle.     And a thousand times rather
had I sat for ten quiet, loving minutes looking into the brown eyes of
Hannah Bennett than be at a score of such parties.   Eheu!  It rained
drearily, and the day dawn began to reproach us, as we rattled homewards.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty
Description:Describes attending a party at the Hogarth family's house.
Date:1855-04-11
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth; Hogarth, Caroline; Hogarth, Clara; Hogarth, John; Hogarth, Louisa; Hogarth, Mrs.; Vaughn, Miss
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Mile End Road
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.