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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 50, April 11-12, 1855

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Identifier: DX03845713

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 50, April 11-12, 1855

Description: Describes attending a party at the Hogarth family's house.


11. Wednesday. In doors, doing little.

12. Thursday. In the evening, as promised, with my sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] to a party, at the Hogarth’s. They live in the Mile End Road, a little beyond the turnpike gate. The entertainment consisted in singing and dancing, now a polka, quadrille, or schottische, sandwiched by the ladies’ performance upon the piano, or vocalisation. They had got together a number of agreable, pleasant people; old [John] Hogarth is a kind, hearty, genial old boy, and his wife [Ann Brooks Hogarth] his fitting counterpart, John [Hogarth, Jr.] bustled about, danced and sang songs, and pressed everybody to take wine with him, Carry [Hogarth] was as goodnatured as usual, played much on the piano, the belle Louisa [Hogarth] smiled, laughed and simpered, and Clara [Hogarth] was the innocent, amiable faced girl she looked. There were three or four cityish men, one bald headed, the other young, I didn’t dance, till but talked, chiefly with Miss Vaughan, (who’s intellectual face I liked,) till challenged by belle Louisa, after supper, where I encircled her waist in the gyrations of a lengthy country dance. Some of the girls sang pretty well. I’m sorry my sister Rosa [Gunn] tried it, for the first time, in my experience. The effect was doleful, as she “went in” in a hollow, centrained, and perfectly unnatural voice, which made me unexpressibly miserable, from sympathy. I was fearfully yawny and sleepy during the last three hours, for we didn’t get away till near 3 of the morning. Weary work this party-giving spite of the kindness intended. I’d rather have met the Hogarth’s in their own home circle. And a thousand times rather had I sat for ten quiet, loving minutes looking into the brown eyes of Hannah Bennett than be at a score of such parties. Eheu! It rained drearily, and the day dawn began to reproach us, as we rattled homewards.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-04-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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