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on Harvey Orrin Smith, (whom bye the bye I visited on Monday
last, to take his opinion as to the advisability of presenting Alf Waud s
drawings to the News.)     By omnibus, the three of us to Barnes,
rain falling dismally all the time, we getting on very well in the con-
versational way.     Harvey Smith showed very favourably, said neat
epigrammattic things.    We talked somewhat of Leigh Hunt, with
a son of whose, (now dead,) Smith was a close friend: also of others
of the family.     The daughter, (Whitelaw s heroine,) he didn t seem
to like.            At Alloms, found a hearty welcome from the old boy,
Arthur abed, not quite well, and humoring the idea, Miss Amy
as wont, and presently a Miss Sampson, (niece to Allom.)  Our
advent was a bit of a surprise, only Orrin being expected as a certainty,
but much mirth was got out of this circumstance, and all went mer-
rily.   We lunched, smoked, turned over Punch vols, cut jokes, tal-
ked of things in general, and nothing in particular, had a good din-
ner (including a capital curry,)  and a genial glass of wine or so.
A hearty old man is Allom, and  tis just the pleasantest house
I know in, or near to, London.     Every one present blended
easily into the current of mirthful talk, with perhaps the excep-
tion of Miss Sampson; of whom, I may say, I was not aware
of her being the girl with whom Alf Waud had a bit of a love
affair, at the time when he first came to New York, till, in the
course of the evening, Miss Allom mentioned it to me.   She, Miss
Sampson wasn t pretty, but appeared amiable, domesticated.     Miss
Amy said that her cousin s relatives, (the mama) had supervised the
letter she wrote to Alf, (which being rather frigid riled Alf into cut-
ting the business.   He said she was a  cat  and didn t write any
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page sixty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to the Allom family with Harvey Smith and George Clarke.
Date:1855-05-13
Subject:Allom; Allom, Amy; Allom, Arthur; Clarke, George; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunt, Leigh; Sampson, Miss; Smith, Harvey; Waud, Alfred; Whitelaw, Matthew; Whitelaw, Matthew, Mrs.; 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.