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  7.  Saturday.  Visited Toner at his office 34 Great St Helen s
Bishopgate. (He was pupil to Inwood, and Heylyn witnessed the
signing his articles.)   I had met him the other day, when he recog-
nized me, also heard of his wishing to see me, through George Clarke.
Heretofore I had nt seen Toner since at Forest Fair, Whychwood, 
some ten years ago.    He s now a good looking tall fellow, with an
office top of   chambers , and little to do.     Price called in the evening.
  8.  Sunday.  All out save Father, Mother, and self at
dinner to day.  Ned at the Chinners, (of course,)  Charley at Neithrop
and my sisters at the Mason s, whither I d ben ass enough to
promise to join  em towards evening.       Sam and Minnie came in
the afternoon, and the former accompanied me through delectable Ro-
therhithe to within sight of Mason s door, then returned.     I found
the Miss Stokes , Mr Henry Stokes, Mr, Mrs, and Miss Mason,
and my sisters in a sort of back parlor, very much suffumigated
by the gentlemen s cigar and pipe.  The room was something between
a ship chandler s and Wapping hostess  snuggery, had ^|big| models of ships
and sticking plaster portraits as decorations.       Coming in from the
breezy afternoon, I felt the contrast, and that I was  in for  a dreary
time of it.  And also instinctively the question sprang up What the
devil do my lady sisters [word crossed out] come here, to such a shop as this for?
Instinctively too, I knew, and felt humiliated.   The woman   Mrs
Mason is a match maker; there are certain of these Stokes  eligible
young men,   bah !     I too must be trotted out, to aid and abet,
to talk to the amiably dull, wholesome looking but perfectly inane
girls; to listen to Mason s vulgar egotism, and brutal conceit.  He
and Stokes took me into another room, where I had a disconsolate cigar,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page forty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to the Mason family.
Subject:Clarke, George; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Inwood; Mason (England); Mason, Miss (England); Mason, Mrs. (England); Price, Harry; Stokes, Henry; Stokes, Miss; Toner
Coverage (City/State):Bishopgate, [London, England]
Coverage (Street):34 Great St. Helen's
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.