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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 24, February 13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03822949

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 24, February 13, 1855

Description: Describes a walk through Oxford with Tilly Jenkins and Sarah Rogers.


of the noble men who lt “lit up such a fire in England that never should be quenched;” — all of these will long dwell in memory, making me love Oxford the more, could I do so. Anon to the Rogers. La belle Sarah and her father were at breakfast, though it was noon, and Tilly [Jenkins] of course present. So I took lunch, rallied the girls &c, Mr R left after an hour or so, and anon we dined. Tilly went off for a visit, we to meet her in the High Street in half an hour, so soon I was again crossing Magdalen Bridge with the fair Sarah on my arm. Soon found Tilly, then to the Post Office, and from thence through the city suburbs to the Isis, which for days past had been hard frozen, affording sport to many skaters. It was a pleasant scene, a bright wintry afternoon, the old city with its spires and Ratcliffe dome in the distance, the pretty river all ice bound, and the skaters. We had to pass single file over little bridges, and kept on the streams margin Iffley wards. The skaters were criticized and recognized, the girls wishing all sort of arch mischief to ‘em. They were both pleasant, and contrasted agreably. I think Tilly is the handsomer, her features are clear cut, nose arched and delicate, her lips good, and the whole profile perfectly un-vulgar; she is short though in stature, has pretty decisively feminine ways with her, and speaks pure and correctly pronounced English. I hope the “New Holland” sack Inspector may be worthy of her. La belle Sarah however is a different sort of girl. Her features are less noticeable than her eyes and hair, her complexion fair and freckled, her nose straitish inclining to retrousse, but not boldly deigned, her mouth warm and smiling, but lacking the sweet virginal look one loves so much, her hair is luxurious and glossy, brown in hue, and she has such a ripe bloom on her cheeksx that I — ahem ! have doubts it Nature’s handiwork ben be

(x Tilly rouge’s too, but “in moderation” contrasted with her friend.)

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Cosmetics


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