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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 68, May 13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03861512

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 68, May 13, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to the Allom family with Harvey Smith and George Clarke.


on Harvey Orrin Smith, (whom bye the bye I visited on Monday last, to take his opinion as to the advisability of presenting Alf Waud's drawings to the News.) By omnibus, the three of us to Barnes, rain falling dismally all the time, we getting on very well in the conversational way. Harvey Smith showed very favourably, said neat epigrammatic things. We talked somewhat of Leigh Hunt, with a son of whose, (now dead,) Smith was a close friend: also of others of the family. The daughter, ([Matthew] Whitelaw's heroine,) he didn’t seem to like. At [Thomas] Alloms, found a hearty welcome from the old boy, Arthur [Allom] abed, not quite well, and humoring the idea, Miss Amy [Allom] as wont, and presently a Miss Sampson, (niece to Allom.) Our advent was a bit of a surprise, only Orrin being expected as a certainty, but much mirth was got out of this circumstance, and all went merrily. We lunched, smoked, turned over Punch vols, cut jokes, talked of things in general, and nothing in particular, had a good dinner (including a capital curry,) and a genial glass of wine or so. A hearty old man is Allom, and 'tis just the pleasantest house I know in, or near to, London. Every one present blended easily into the current of mirthful talk, with perhaps the exception of Miss Sampson; of whom, I may say, I was not aware of her being the girl with whom Alf Waud had a bit of a love affair, at the time when he first came to New York, till, in the course of the evening, Miss Allom mentioned it to me. She, Miss Sampson wasn't pretty, but appeared amiable, domesticated. Miss Amy said that her cousin's relatives, (the mama) had supervised the letter she wrote to Alf, (which being rather frigid riled Alf into cutting the business. He said she was a "cat" and didn’t write any

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Dates: 1855-05-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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