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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 77, May 30-June 3, 1855

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Identifier: DX03869424

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 77, May 30-June 3, 1855

Description: Describes the arrival of his friend, William Boutcher, in London from his travels in the Middle East.


There till 9 or so, then, (hearing that Harvey Smith had written desiring me to call upon him,) to Hatton Garden. He, and, Iquefo[?], a younger brother, at work engraving. Particulars wanted about the likeliest persons in New York &c to purchase cuts of the 'Pen and Pencil' a recently defunct rival of the 'London News.' Stayed two hours, supping with him, and talking of the U.S. and other matters.

31. Thursday. Letter from [William] Boutcher, dated Marseilles, bidding me dine with him at Saint Martins le Grand on Sunday, upon which day he returns. (His proposed Egyptian raid he threw over.)


1. Friday. Walk city-wards in the evening, returning (with a lobster,) to sup at Sam [Gunn]'s.

2. Saturday. Within doors, drawing.

3. Sunday. To Saint Martins le Grand by noon, there finding that Mrs Stone had received a telegraphic message from her son, from Ashford, Kent, intimating that he’d be in London by 2. Jack Boutcher arriving, set off with him to the London bridge station, there arriving within a few moments of the arrival of the cars, out of which stepped his brother. Fever and ague have thinned him considerably, and Assyrian suns have browned his face, so that on removing his Glengarry cap there appeared a noticeable contrast between the covered and other parts of his physiognomy. His hair was long, thin, straggling and wiry, his beard the same. He looked the taller for his thinness, his nose more acquiline than of yore, and his general effect, decidedly Eastern. Rattling back in cab to home, where I, after awaiting below a reasonable time for him to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Travel


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