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defunct chickens.     To Charley s in Paternoster Row, there
talking with Cornelius Bagster.       Home, dinner, and letter
writing.     By 6 Miss and Mrs Waud came, both having
been to the Sydenham Palace, and both having had their daguerre
otypes taken, the latter for her son Alf, the former consigned to
me provisionally,   to be his, if he expressed a desire for it.  They
had tea, and were presently in the garden.   Mrs Waud talked
much of the Marshall s &c.       I think she has but a shallow
mind.   She s prone to deceive, inconclusive views for this, snubs her
children sans tact and sense, and seems to know little of their na-
tures, or her own.      I had half an hour s tete a tete with her
daughter.     She told me that Will s Sydenham girl had called
at the Vassall Terrace since his departure; and knew all about it,
so there as no outspoken confidence between us on that matter. (She
I m sure, believes that the intimacy was no Platonic one.)  She
told me also that her mother wanted her to marry a wealthy
old man, whom she don t like, with much more; intimating
her belief that she wouldn t marry at all,   nor should I.
We talked very frankly, and she looked very pretty.     Charley
came.     Saw Miss & Mrs Waud to the  Elephant , then, 
presently with Charley to the Surrey Zoological, seeing the mock
storming of Sebastopol.     Thence to the residence of the Cooke s & 
the Fancy fair, supping at the former by 12, and having a bit
of a dance subsequently, I being again challenged to t by Louisa
Hogarth.    The Cooke s are brothers, one of whom has married a
wealthy woman, older than himself, the other living with them. Miss
Vaughan was there;   also a nephew of Cardinal Wiseman s, who proved
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes attending a supper party at the Cooke family's house.
Date:1855-07-13
Subject:Bagster, Cornelius Birch; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hogarth, Louisa; Vaughn, Miss; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mary Priscilla; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):Paternoster Row
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.