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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 27, February 16-19, 1855

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Identifier: DX03825572

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 27, February 16-19, 1855

Description: Describes visiting his great-aunt and -uncle Fielder with his mother.


till you might think all London was present. Cabs also were present, wherein moustache’d swells with ladies, enjoyed the spectacle. In the rear streets adjacent to the fire, there was a tumultuous assemblage, low Londoners, harlots plying their vocation, firemen incrusted with ice, and uproar. Braidwood’s nephew had lost his life, a stack of burning timber falling upon him. I spent two hours at the fire, and then through the biting cold homewards.

17. Saturday. Out in the afternoon; called on Annoots, then to deliver Miss Emma Brown’s letter to her sister in law. Charley [Damoreau]’s elder brother lives in New Bond Street; his wife having a shop, wherein ladies coiffeurs are displayed. Within I presented the letters, and Mrs Brown retiring, left me sitting on a stool in the shop, where behind a large mirror were two very pretty and tastily dressed young ladies. Returning Mrs B took my address, and so our interview ended. [Matthew] Whitelaw not at home. Tea and the “Newcomes” at coffee-house, call at Jack Boutcher’s, then to Harry Price’s, where I stayed till midnight.

18. Sunday. Within doors.

19. Monday. During the afternoon accompanied my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] to Manchester Street, there to visit her uncle [Thomas] Fielder, my dead grandmother’s brother. There is an aspect of faded gentility about the street and neighbourhood appropriate to the house. By a pretty and smartly dressed housemaid we were handed over to the care of a plump footman; thence shown to an upper room, where were Mr Fielder, his wife, and daughter sate; he fronting a bad fire, in an arm chair capable of being propelled at pleasure. One part of the old man’s side is paralysed, and he is otherwise infirm, and now eighty-one years old. His wife, a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fire fighters


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