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nient &c.     Buxell presented me with an African made, grass-
woven hammock.             Through the rain to Whitelaws, making
a useless call at Hepburn s by the way.  And at Whitelaws till 8 1/2.
  18. Sunday.   To the  York and Albany  by omnibus, and
thence to Barth s.   I was received by the boy  Georgey , who shewed
me into a small, plainly furnished outhouse room, used as Mr B s
smoking apartment.   Mrs Barth came in about fifteen minutes,
and presently her husband.  We, adjourning to the fronteparlour,
find the two domesticated ladies there, Miss Perkins and Miss
     , and dinner is served, the children being at a seperate table
in the adjoining room.     The dinner was very good, Mrs B magni-
loquent, pretentious, and extensive; Mr B bluff, good humored and
vulgar, and the damsels assenting and admiring.   Mrs B is, I think
the spur which prompts the little man to strive upwards; he, spite
of his active, pushing nature would be content with plenty of mesmeric
patients, and their guineas, over-much of eating and drinking, and
his  yard of clay;    but she has ambition.     His time is closely
ob occupied, though like Chaucer s Man of Law, he always seems
busier than he is.     Meantime they are neither so happy as when they
were poorer.     She, dressed in black-satin has to receive the patients
from morn till night, sympathize with them, wheedle them, flatter
them, and prepare them for mesmeric manipulations.   He scarcely
stirs out, and, I think, over-eats himself.     When she kept stall in
the Soho Bazaar, returning of evenings to the quiet two floors in Uni-
versity Street, there to read the current number of  Bentley,  or one
of Dicken s serials, (borrowed from the  library  opposite, at the rate
of a penny each,) she was a jollier, happier, truer woman.   What
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Barth.
Subject:Barth; Barth, Mrs.; Buxell; Georgey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hepburn; Perkins, Miss; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):University 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.