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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 73, May 22, 1855

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Identifier: DX03865907

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 73, May 22, 1855

Description: Describes attending a dinner at a Catholic church to hear Miss Waud sing.


decorated with green boughs. Many persons had assembled, the proceedings having been delayed by the non arrival of "His Eminence" Cardinal [Nicholas] Wiseman, who was announced to have taken the chair at 1/2 past 2 precisely. I talked with Miss [Mary Priscilla] Waud, was introduced to one or two singers, and a priest or so. Presently it became evident that the Cardinal wouldn't come, so the Chair was taken by one of the Stewards, who, (if I'm not mistaken,) was an Irishman. Grace was said, and the meal proceeded with. I sat towards the table's end, Miss Waud and the lady singers in the rear, a French abbe on my left, an empty chair on my right. Presently the health of Pius the Ninth was drunk, followed by that of the Queen [Victoria] &c, and subsequently Cardinal Wiseman's. Songs alternated with toasts, to a piano forte accompanyment, Miss Waud being evidently the prima donna there, and a black coated, white cravatted male singer aiding. The speeches were for the most part rambling, and wearisome, but the wine was pretty good. A hard featured Irish priest with a face like a sandy eagle spoke best, and got cheered for alluding to the "Immaculate Conception." A flabby faced M P, (Irish probably) talked discursive Catholicity and water. 'Twas a very Romish atmosphere, but a good thing in its way, the proceeds being devoted to finishing the adjacent Church. Each toast was cheered, the company rising to do it. A collection plate was handed round. So some three hours passed, and then the party broke up, some adjourning to visit the Church, others leaving, I among the latter, accompanying Miss Waud towards her home. She said that her mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud] was "against her" singing at the Church, as "she hated Catholics." Also that her sister Josephine [Waud] would open her letters, the mother backing her in it.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Catholic Church


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