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At 6 I saw  em to omnibus top at the Elephant and Castle.
Called at Sam s, finding him alone.   The streets lively and
indicative of the day s  Derby.  /       Letter from Hannah.
  {24.  Thursday.       Out but little, and then towards the close
  25.  Friday.}       of the day.  Called on Wilkins.
  26. Saturday.  At the Westminster Baths with William
Bolton.  Wilkins called in the evening, and we had an half hours
smoke in the garden.    He had Horace Greeley s company in his
recent visit to Paris, acting as amateur interpreter for him.  Wilkins
tells some amusing stories of Horace s hurry and excitability.   /
Met W Bolton at Bow Street, and with him to Evan s, and the
Cyder Cellars.     At the former Cowell the comic singer did the
 Ratcatcher s daughter,  (which little Davis used to sing in New York),
 making up   for the performance in coster costume, with thick stick,
white hat, breeches and ankle jacks, and a black patch over one
eye.            At an earlier period of the night I had called on Mrs
Stone, and Jack.   The former has had a bit of a letter from
Boutcher, dated Aleppo, first of the month.  He off to see the Pyra-
mids, expecting to be in Paris in ten days or fourteen.   More weary
delay.   I m sick both in mind and body.
  27.  Sunday.  Sam coming, returned home with him, dined,
and with him and his wife, by rail to Kew.  A summer day s
excursion, many people flocking to the gardens.   Tea at a little house
after half an hours quarantine, by reason of many in possession, then
back, during a rain storm, which relieved the unusually warm at-
mosphere.     Charley at Banbury, to day.
  28.  Monday.  Within doors.  Writing some little, reading
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-five
Description:Mentions a visit from Wilkins, who mentions going to Paris with Horace Greeley as a translator.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, William; Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, William; Clothing and dress; Cowell; Davis; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher); Wilkins
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Bow Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.