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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 57, April 28-30, 1855

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Identifier: DX03851853

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 57, April 28-30, 1855

Description: Describes an excursion to Kew Gardens with Harry Price.

Transcription:

more, I left. Letter from Hannah.

29. Sunday. In-doors. Hayes called, stayed tea, and an hour or so.

30. Monday. Harry Price came by 11, and excitedly told me that I must accompany him immediately to Kew, that he has a sovereign, and designs taking out a Hansom cab, picking out the fastest horse, that we’ll dine at the Star and Garter, have a row, and return by 8 1/2 P M. All this he adds must be done, if he has to go on his knees and entreat me. He has already been to Blackwall by rail, rowing back in company with waterman. He must he says take plenty of exercise, and weary his body, that his mind may rest. All this time he was smoking incessantly. I talked with him, and the dinner hour arriving invited him to our table, which he accepted, talking all the time, of his illness, of his decorating his room, and a certain plaster model of Robson the actor, in the ‘Yellow Dwarf,’ which he had described more than once to me. Immediately after dinner he commenced smoking again, and presently we went out together, he being in no-wise diverted from his proposed excursion. Nor would he put it in force in another fashion. So bargaining with a cabman, we set off in his Hansom, through the Westminster Road, over the Bridge, by Kensington, and outwards for Kew. It was a balmy spring day, buds on the trees, and light vegetation appearing, the grass fresh and pleasant. Poor Harry was exhilarant, and talked incessantly. Arrived we put up the vehicle at the Star & Garter, left the Cabman to a dinner, and passed over the bridge into Kew Gardens. Here we were for an hour and half, then coming forth, Harry must fain row, so hired a boat and boatman

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-04-28

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Mental illness
Smoking
Spring
Boats and boating

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