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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 41, March 26-28, 1855

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Identifier: DX03837825

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 41, March 26-28, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the Waud family in London.


watch and clockmaker at Lewes; one of that class of stable, quiet worthy young Englishman, thoroughly good and unpretending.

27. Tuesday. To the Sydenham Palace with [Stephen] Tanner and Charley [Gunn], where we had a very pleasant day, returning to steaks and a cosy evening with cigar accompaniment, at home, in the little front parlor.

28. Wednesday. A hopelessly wet day, but out with Tanner, as arranged. With Charley together in Hatton Garden, as once before, I to order signet ring &c, he chain. Then I & Tanner by omnibus westwards, he getting out at Regent Street, I at Kensington Church. At Vassal Terrace, I’m shown into a dull front parlor, looking out on the dripping trees and slanting rain, the fire is lit, and smokes considerably, and presently Mrs [Mary Fitzjohn] Waud appears, and tells me that William [Waud], having to attend at a meeting of Delamotte’s creditors, wouldn’t be in till 4. It was 1 1/2 then. I was going at once, (not a little irate, at his not letting me know by letter, as I’d only come at his express invitation,) but Mrs W being very earnest for me to stop, telling me her husband [Alfred Waud, Sr.] was coming home to an early tea, purposely to meet me, I stayed. The fire rough dried me, cold dinner was sent up, and subsequently Mrs W held me company, also her sister, (Alf’s “Aunt Nanny [Fitzjohn],”) and presently Miss Mary Priscilla Waud. Will arrived by 4 1/2 and then his father, a little man, with a grave sharp face, and iron-grey hair, elaborately civil in his address to me. We had tea, and sat conversing, and for some hours later were in the upper rooms, to music. I don’t like this family. There’s an unpleasantly dominant willfulness manifest in all of its members, prompting them to little outbursts of ill-temper, before visitors. They are prone to administering what I’ve heard Alf call ‘Choke-pears’ to one another. There appears to be no

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Crystal Palace (Sydenham, London, England)


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