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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 220, August 23, 1857

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Identifier: DX03794153

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 220, August 23, 1857

Description: Describes a visit to Alf and Mary Waud in Boston.


where were men baling out boats which had been half-filled by last nights rain, and some swimmers. Alf [Waud] took a bath, not in the bath, but from it, in the deep water, but t’was too cold to tempt Hayes or myself. From thence to [Maturin] Ballou’s building in Winter Street, where both Waud and Hayes have offices — Alf a spacious, dusty back room, with the usual artistic medley of articles and a piano in it. ([Charles] Damoreau occupies the adjoining room.) Here I wrote a letter, and the morning wearing on, we returned to our boarding-house dinner, having agreed with Hayes to devote the afternoon to a walk. All four (“Mrs [Mary] Waud” accompanying us, by car to Roxbury, thence into the country, along green lanes, skirting heights &c and so to Parks or Parker’s hill, from whence we had a pretty view of Boston. Much of the time “Mary” walked with me. Her complexion is very fair, (as is not uncommonly the case with red-haired people) her hair of the color always assigned by painters to the Madonna — a beautiful reddish auburn, her form plump and faultlessly proportioned. I should think she’d expand considerably as she grows older. Her eyes are blue, but very light in tint, and look shallow. She is good-natured, pettish, spoilt-childish. She imitates people’s phrases, quotes Waud’s expressions, fondles him before others, and evidently is as fond of him as her caliber of mind will permit of. I’ve seen her tear up a paper he was looking at because he didn’t answer her

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-08-23

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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