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		                   1853
			     January
  1.  Saturday.  A little snow having fallen over-night
out with Heylyn to the place where he keeps horse and
sleigh, and off in the latter to the merry tinkle of
the sleigh bells.    Not enough snow for very brisk progress.
Return after a call, about the town, and necessary
purchasings;  off along country roads again, call at a
house where we visited a pleasant-faced  clergyman s
wife, (with whom Heylyn flirted,)  and two children.
Back.              Visitors coming in the evening in the shape of
man, wife, and two children, we played whist,  Tivoli  (!)
had snapdragon &c for the alarm of the juveniles.   An abortive
attempt at  hunt the Slipper  and forfeits, ending in a fearfully
romping game of blind man s buff, which got all the party into
a very horrid state of temperature.        I think all the folk
were inclined to jollity save Mrs Heylyn, who for certain private
ends got up the preliminaries to imitation hysterics, necessitating
Heylyn to yell at her in an energetic manner in the adjoining
room; whereupon the symptoms gradually disappeared, the per-
former however making demands for extreme sympathy during
the remainder of the Evening.
   It is part of her system to affect sickness.    She s never going
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes his New Year's Day calls with Edward Heylyn.
Date:1853-01-01
Subject:Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; New Year; Travel; Winter; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Le Roy, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.