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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 42, March 28, 1855

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Identifier: DX03838701

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 42, March 28, 1855

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

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recognized liking for, or trust in one another. They appear to be all clever, and are all more or less good looking. Miss [Mary Priscilla] Waud, (I had good scope to study her, this time,) is about the unpleasantest sample of all. She snubbed her mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud], twice or thrice, harping on one string. I had to quietly stand at arms all the time; in return for divers feminine impertinations played off without the smallest provocation, letting her know, in the politest manner in the world, that I didn’t care a damn for her opinion any way. Upon which she behaved a in better taste. She’s prettish, has bright eyes and dark hair, but scarcely dressed in good taste, her many flounces didn’t set gracefully behind, giving her a shortwaisted appearance. Also she wears villanously creaking shoes, and walks emphatically in them. I noticed this the first time I visited the house, and supposed that a man was going up or downstairs. She sings professionally, at a Roman Catholic Church, and is also a sort of “companion” to an old couple; and goes out very much. She’s clever, quickwitted, defiant, unamiable and unwomanly. They call her “Ciss,” in the family, she seems to “manage” her father [Alfred Waud, Sr.], and calls him “Da!” She sang many songs, at the piano, all brilliantly, but with little feeling, the best, involving the latter being [Henry Wadsworth] Longfellows Shadows of Angels. Mr Waud sang also, in the old style, inflating himself immensely in high notes. Will [Waud] sang, as usual. They were hospitable, wine &c in plenty. The younger daughter [Julia Waud], a fair faced girl, in short frock, was giggling all the time, at my beard. “Aunt Nanny [Fitzjohn]” asked much about Alf. They seem to have a pained expectation that he don’t want to come back anymore. His father inquired about him covertly, as though he expected I shouldn’t believe in his professing any interest in his son.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-03-28

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Diaries
Women

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