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be kissed and cried over, ascended, finding him surrounded by
his mother, sisters &c.        Anon all to dinner, forming a pretty
large family party, some fifteen in number, Jack s young lady
and myself being the only non-members of it.   Boutcher was, of
course the hero of the scene.   He sat at his mothers  left hand, I
beside him.  Wine pledging, Assyrian anecdotes, sisterly comments
on his appearance, and cigars on the ladies  retiring.     Friends of the
family dropping in, among others a hearty doctor whom I seem to recol-
lect years ago.     Jack Boutcher saying vulgar nothings, and his
girl admiring them.   William is just as bold, blunt and downright
as of yore, thorough in every thing, and everyway the better for
his knowledge of the great world.     /       I stayed till midnight,
then off.
  4.  Monday.   To Saint Martins le Grand by 10, then
with Boutcher to George Clarke s, who was as surprised as plea-
sed to see him.   Twas the final day for sending in the Cemetery
plans, so we turned to, and helped George a little, in the hope
of getting him off to dine with us.    His friend came.    Boutcher
over to Deane s awhile, on the other side of the street.   I called 
for him, then off to our place to dinner.  George Clarke joined
us in the evening.
  5.  Tuesday.  To Great James Street, and with Boutcher
and Deane to the Academy Exhibition, which was pretty well
thronged.   Not very many of the pictures were above average merit.
Mellon s much-talked of Fireman picture,  the Rescue,  ought not
to win indiscriminate praise, good as  tis.     The face of the
mother receiving the rescued children is too quiescent, there s no
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-eight
Description:Describes a dinner party to welcome William Boutcher back to London.
Date:1855-06-03
Subject:Architectural drawing; Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, Miss; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Deane; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Stone, Mrs. (Boutcher)
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Great James 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.