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up to town from Eynsham.
  23.  Monday.  Letter from Hannah.    A City stroll,
calling at Artillery Lane, on the Williams .    She, with her baby sat
in the bar parlor, he there also, with coat off.       The Barth s are
removing to Hounslow, Mr B having taken chambers for his business
at 46 Regent Street.       The Walems also think of changing their
residence, letting their house  furnished  for the summer.     Stopt half
an hour, then returned.                    Minnie and  Tilly  at our place to
tea, and during the evening.
  24. Tuesday.  Reading.  Wrote to Hannah.  And as requested
  by an invitation from Henry Heylyn, went
to Acre Lane this evening, to a musical party.  Some dozen persons of
either sex, performances on the organ, the piano forte, the latter
being occasionally accompanied by flute and violincello.  The music
selected, was classic, names of Handel, Mendelsohn, Beethoven
&c, appearing in the written programme.     Heylyn himself played finely
on the organ, (which is an exceedingly handsome instrument, colored Owen
Jones fashion,) but his friend, organist to a chapel in the neighbourhood
excelled him.  A Lady played also.  A small boy seated in a chair
pumped at the instrument for the benefit of the performers. None
of the ladies were very young, caps predominating; the men were social
and unaffected, and altogether the business was pleasurable.  Mrs
Heylyn told me that Edward had recently had 150 [pounds] from her, and
spoke of  setting up in business in New York!           Supper, and cer-
tain national tunes ended the entertainment at 12.    I m inclined
to like this brother of Heylyn s albeit he makes jerking nasal interjections.
The fellow has gentle tastes, loves his mother, his organ, and cultivates
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-five
Description:Describes attending a musical performance by Henry Heylyn and others.
Subject:Barth; Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Henry; Heylyn, Mrs.; Jenkins, Tilly; Music; Walem; Walem, Mrs.; Williams (England); Williams, Mrs. (England)
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):46 Regent Street; Acre Lane
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.