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more, I left.     Letter from Hannah.
  29.  Sunday.  In-doors.  Hayes called, stayed tea,
and an hour or so.
  30.  Monday.  Harry Price came by 11, and excitedly
told me that I must accompany him immediately to Kew, that he
has a sovereign, and designs taking out a Hansom cab, picking out
the fastest horse, that we ll dine at the Star and Garter, have
a row, and return by 8 1/2 P M.     All this he adds must be done,
if he has to go on his knees and entreat me.   He has already been to
Blackwall by rail, rowing back in company with waterman.   He
must he says take plenty of exercise, and weary his body, that his
mind may rest.   All this time he was smoking incessantly.   I tal-
ked with him, and the dinner hour arriving invited him to our
table, which he accepted, talking all the time, of his illness, of his
decorating his room, and a certain plaster model of Robson the actor,
in the  Yellow Dwarf,  which he had described more than once to
me.    Immediately after dinner he commenced smoking again, and
presently we went out together, he being in no-wise diverted from his
proposed excursion.   Nor would he put it in force in another fashion.
So bargaining with a cabman, we set off in his Hansom, through the
Westminster Road, over the Bridge, by Kensington, and outwards
for Kew.     It was a balmy spring day, buds on the trees, and light
vegetation appearing, the grass fresh and pleasant.  Poor Harry was
exhilarant, and talked incessantly.     Arrived we put up the vehicle
at the Star & Garter, left the Cabman to a dinner, and passed over the
bridge into Kew Gardens.    Here we were for an hour and half,
then coming forth, Harry must fain row, so hired a boat and boatman
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes an excursion to Kew Gardens with Harry Price.
Date:1855-04-28
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (England); Mental illness; Price, Harry
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Kew Gardens
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.