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We talked a little of Alf, more of Will, and of the family gen-
erally.     She spake of her mother going to a ball, and her father
disliking the  attentions  paid to her, by a gentleman.   Alf he
speaks not at all of.               I can recognize the family likeness
between Alf and his sister.    Her nose is bold and handsome,
she has a good color, and a decided way of her own, which would
be blunt in a man.  She has thick, fine hair growing on either
side of the forehead, and very bright eyes.     She wore a light, white,
silk bonnet, black mantle, lilac dress and, (on this occasion,) not
the creaking shoes, but pretty cloth boots.     She is short in stature.
We parted near Vassal Terrace, she saying she was glad she had
decieved her mother in the matter of inviting me.     T was a lovely
spring day, warm withal.     I got an omnibus top, journeyed to
Fleet Street, thence called at George Clarke s, anon, home.
  23.  Wednesday.   With William Bolton to Greenwich, by
water, the day being a bright, pleasant one.  We walked through
the Park to Blockheath, calling at Vanbrugh Castle, an oldish
building, with ivy hiding the summit of one of its round towers. It
is a ladies  school, and William s business was to call on a Miss
Adelaide Manning, governess there.     With her, (she was a
darkish complexioned young lady, with rather angular eyebrows,
perhaps six and twenty,) we returned by rail to London; and
I, leaving them to proceed to the Sydenham Palace returned home.
There I found George, John, and Dick Bolton, having come
up for a day s excursion.     Richard is tallish, thin, with black
curling hair; of a very nervous temperament, his hand shaking
excessively.     He is the most gentlemanly-looking one of the family.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-four
Description:Describes walking Miss Waud home and his conversation with her.
Date:1855-05-22
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, John; Bolton, Richard; Bolton, William; Clarke, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning, Adelaide; Waud; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mary Priscilla; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Fleece Street
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.