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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 47, April 7-8, 1855

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Identifier: DX03843083

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 47, April 7-8, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the Mason family.


7. Saturday. Visited Toner at his office 34 Great St Helen’s Bishopgate. (He was pupil to Inwood, and [Edward] Heylyn witnessed the signing his articles.) I had met him the other day, when he recognized me, also heard of his wishing to see me, through George Clarke. Heretofore I had’nt seen Toner since at Forest Fair, Whychwood, some ten years ago. He’s now a good looking tall fellow, with an office top of “chambers,” and little to do. [Harry] Price called in the evening.

8. Sunday. All out save Father [Samuel Gunn, Sr.], Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], and self at dinner to day. Ned [Gunn] at the Chinners, (of course,) Charley [Gunn] at Neithrop and my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] at the Mason’s, whither I’d ben ass enough to promise to join ‘em towards evening. Sam [Gunn] and Minnie [Gunn] came in the afternoon, and the former accompanied me through delectable Rotherhithe to within sight of Mason’s door, then returned. I found the Miss Stokes’, Mr Henry Stokes, Mr, Mrs, and Miss Mason, and my sisters in a sort of back parlor, very much suffumigated by the gentlemen’s cigar and pipe. The room was something between a ship chandler’s and Wapping hostess’ snuggery, had big models of ships and sticking plaster portraits as decorations. Coming in from the breezy afternoon, I felt the contrast, and that I was “in for” a dreary time of it. And also instinctively the question sprang up What the devil do my lady sisters [word crossed out] come here, to such a shop as this for? Instinctively too, I knew, and felt humiliated. The woman — Mrs Mason is a match maker; there are certain of these Stokes “eligible young men,” — bah! I too must be trotted out, to aid and abet, to talk to the amiably dull, wholesome looking but perfectly inane girls; to listen to Mason’s vulgar egotism, and brutal conceit. He and Stokes took me into another room, where I had a disconsolate cigar,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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