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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 45, April 3, 1855

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Identifier: DX03841330

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 45, April 3, 1855

Description: Describes the guests at the party he attended, including Mary Priscilla Waud and the Hogarth sisters.

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who were very fond of her [Mary Priscilla Waud]. I had more than one talk with her, as she was the keenest witted and cleverest woman in the room. ‘Twas odd how, insensibly, all the girls present felt her defiant influence, and I could’nt help thinking as I noticed the sharp glance of her bright eyes, that ‘twas pity that all the affectionate part of her nature should have been so thwarted, and so little developed. She sang frequently, or accompanied her brother [William Waud]. (I believe there’s a deadly feud between them and that they scarcely speak to one another.) Louisa Hogarth is a very beautiful girl, exquisitely fair in complexion, with rich, silky, dark hair. She is a fine girl, tall and voluptuous in figure. But I’m also afraid she’s very silly. (Ned [Gunn] philandered awhile with her, they say, but finally pronounced her a “muff,” and ended. But, by Jove, Miss [Mary Anne] Chinner’s a sorry substitute.) She, Louisa, is a “girl for a ball-room,” and for her face, and person, is more beautiful than any I’ve ever known, save one, and that one, Mary Bilton. Clara [Hogarth] is good-looking too, but I didn’t see much of her. Carry [Hogarth] is not handsome having a slight protuberace on the bridge of her nose, nor is her complexion good. But the outline of her face is good, and its expression kind, and she’s one of the best girls in the world. Miss Vaughan is a thin, clear faced, dark haired girl. / The evening was a great success. Arthur Allom came out very quaintly, punned a great deal, sang divers songs, tried conversation with Miss Waud and got snubbed, and was jocular at the supper table. George Clarke did a queer Irish song, which was thoroughly appreciated. Mrs Dakin sang exquisitely, better, and with more feeling than any lady present. Her husband sang also, also recited, dramatically Ingoldsby’s “Vulgar Boy” and the Pickwickian description of Tupman’s decla-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-04-03

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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