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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 78, June 3-5, 1855

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Identifier: DX03870304

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 78, June 3-5, 1855

Description: Describes a dinner party to welcome William Boutcher back to London.


be kissed and cried over, ascended, finding him [William Boutcher] surrounded by his mother, sisters &c. Anon all to dinner, forming a pretty large family party, some fifteen in number, Jack [Boutcher]'s young lady and myself being the only non-members of it. Boutcher was, of course the hero of the scene. He sat at his mothers' left hand, I beside him. Wine pledging, Assyrian anecdotes, sisterly comments on his appearance, and cigars on the ladies' retiring. Friends of the family dropping in, among others a hearty doctor whom I seem to recollect years ago. Jack Boutcher saying vulgar nothings, and his girl admiring them. William is just as bold, blunt and downright as of yore, thorough in every thing, and everyway the better for his knowledge of the great world. / I stayed till midnight, then off.

4. Monday. To Saint Martins le Grand by 10, then with Boutcher to George Clarke's, who was as surprised as pleased to see him. Twas the final day for sending in the Cemetery plans, so we turned to, and helped George a little, in the hope of getting him off to dine with us. His friend came. Boutcher over to Deane’s awhile, on the other side of the street. I called for him, then off to our place to dinner. George Clarke joined us in the evening.

5. Tuesday. To Great James Street, and with Boutcher and Deane to the Academy Exhibition, which was pretty well thronged. Not very many of the pictures were above average merit. Mellon’s much-talked of Fireman picture, "the Rescue," ought not to win indiscriminate praise, good as 'tis. The face of the mother receiving the rescued children is too quiescent, there's no

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Travel


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