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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 74, May 22-23, 1855

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Identifier: DX03866786

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 74, May 22-23, 1855

Description: Describes walking Miss Waud home and his conversation with her.


We talked a little of Alf [Waud], more of Will [Waud], and of the family generally. She [Mary Priscilla Waud] spake of her mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud] going to a ball, and her father [Alfred Waud, Sr.] disliking the "attentions" paid to her, by a gentleman. Alf he speaks not at all of. I can recognize the family likeness between Alf and his sister. Her nose is bold and handsome, she has a good color, and a decided way of her own, which would be blunt in a man. She has thick, fine hair growing on either side of the forehead, and very bright eyes. She wore a light, white, silk bonnet, black mantle, lilac dress and, (on this occasion,) not the creaking shoes, but pretty cloth boots. She is short in stature. We parted near Vassal Terrace, she saying she was glad she had decieved her mother in the matter of inviting me. T'was a lovely spring day, warm withal. I got an omnibus top, journeyed to Fleet Street, thence called at George Clarke's, anon, home.

23. Wednesday. With William Bolton to Greenwich, by water, the day being a bright, pleasant one. We walked through the Park to Blockheath, calling at Vanbrugh Castle, an oldish building, with ivy hiding the summit of one of its round towers. It is a ladies' school, and William’s business was to call on a Miss Adelaide Manning, governess there. With her, (she was a darkish complexioned young lady, with rather angular eyebrows, perhaps six and twenty,) we returned by rail to London; and I, leaving them to proceed to the Sydenham Palace returned home. There I found George [Bolton], John [Bolton], and Dick Bolton, having come up for a day's excursion. Richard is tallish, thin, with black curling hair; of a very nervous temperament, his hand shaking excessively. He is the most gentlemanly-looking one of the family.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Balls (Parties)
Clothing and dress


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