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decorated with green boughs.   Mary persons had assembled, the pro-
ceedings having been delayed by the non arrival of  His Eminence  Car-
dinal Wiseman, who was announced to have taken the chair at 1/2
past 2 precisely.     I talked with Miss Waud, was introduced to
one or two singers, and a priest or so.   Presently it became evident
that the Cardinal wouldn t come, so the Chair was taken by one of
the Stewards, who, (if I m not mistaken,) was an Irishman.  Grace
was said, and the meal proceeded with.   I sat towards the table s
end, Miss Waud and the lady singers in the rear, a French abb 
on my left, an empty chair on my right.     Presently the health of Pius
the Ninth was drunk, followed by that of the Queen &c, and sub-
sequently Cardinal Wiseman s.    Songs alternated with toasts, to a piano
forte accompanyment, Miss Waud being evidently the prima donna
there, and a black coated, white cravatted male singer aiding.   The
speeches were for the most part rambling, and wearisome, but the wine
was pretty good.   A had featured Irish priest with a face like a sandy
eagle spoke best, and got cheered for alluding to the  Immaculate Con
ception.   A flabby faced M P, (Irish probably) talked discursive
Catholicity and water.      Twas a very Romish atmosphere, but a
good thing in its way, the proceeds being devoted to finishing the ad-
jacent Church.     Each toast was cheered, the company rising to do
it.   A collection plate was handed round.   So some three hours
passed, and then the party broke up, some adjourning to visit the
Church, others leaving, I among the latter, accompanying Miss
Waud towards her home.     She said that her mother was  against
her  singing at the Church, as  she hated Catholics.    Also that her
sister Josephine would open her letters, the mother backing her in it.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-three
Description:Describes attending a dinner at a Catholic church to hear Miss Waud sing.
Date:1855-05-22
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Music; Religion; Waud, Josephine; Waud, Mary Priscilla; Waud, Mrs.; Wiseman
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.