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to our steamer.    I went below, got berth, turned in, paid Steward
his fee and slept with one or two awakenings, till we were within
  24. Sunday.}       sight of Southampton.   Getting up at four, found
a lovely Sabbath morning, the sun shining, and breezes blowing.   At
5 debarkation at the Custom house, where we left boat, and into the
town.   With a fellow voyager had an indifferent breakfast, and good
wash, took a sea-shore and country walk, returned by 8 to Custom-
house, got Carpet bags and had bitter ale at the Hotel, where in
August last I had my first English dinner.     Then, (parting with ac-
quaintance,) the three of us to London, and home by 1.
  25. Monday.   To Boutcher and George Clarke, (whom I found in
company with a Mr Braithwaite;)     Learnt that Will Waud was off
for New York per Southampton, on Wednesday last.   I m not much
surprised at it.   He intimated it    that he d either go to America
or the Crimea,  when I last saw him at Allom s.   There s a pretty girl
of humble station concerned in it,   he lodged at the house of her parents
when at Sydenham, and George Clarke and Arthur Allom saw her
there.     She was fond of him, and he may have wished to end the af-
fair. (I don t say he has acted any way dishonorably.)    I recollect
him writing of the matter to Alf, saying the girls parents were going
to Australia, and he didn t know whether to obtain her for himself, or
let her accompany him.                      Dined with Boutcher at Jack s,
then accompanied him to London Bridge, (meeting Hayes  brother by
the way, who told me he was in Paris, at the Hotel St Honor ,)
parted from Boutcher, got in omnibus, and to Sam s.     Tilly there
in the evening.       Little Emily Annoot at our house, great friends
with me, and fond of fairy stories.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and three
Description:Describes his journey back to England from France.
Date:1855-06-23
Subject:Allom, Arthur; Annoot, Emily; Boutcher, Jack; Boutcher, William; Braithewaite; Clarke, George; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Transportation; Travel; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Southampton, [England]; 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.