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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 103, June 23-25, 1855

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Identifier: DX03897621

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 103, June 23-25, 1855

Description: Describes his journey back to England from France.


to our steamer. I went below, got berth, turned in, paid Steward his fee and slept with one or two awakenings, till we were within. . . .

24. Sunday. . . . .sight of Southampton. Getting up at four, found a lovely Sabbath morning, the sun shining, and breezes blowing. At 5 debarkation at the Custom house, where we left boat, and into the town. With a fellow voyager had an indifferent breakfast, and good wash, took a sea-shore and country walk, returned by 8 to Custom-house, got Carpet bags and had bitter ale at the Hotel, where in August last I had my first English dinner. Then, (parting with acquaintance,) the three of us to London, and home by 1.

25. Monday. To [William] Boutcher and George Clarke, (whom I found in company with a Mr Braithwaite;) Learnt that Will Waud was off for New York per Southampton, on Wednesday last. I’m not much surprised at it. He intimated it “ — that he’d either go to America or the Crimea,” when I last saw him at [Thomas] Allom’s. There’s a pretty girl of humble station concerned in it, — he lodged at the house of her parents when at Sydenham, and George Clarke and Arthur Allom saw her there. She was fond of him, and he may have wished to end the affair. (I don’t say he has acted any way dishonorably.) I recollect him writing of the matter to Alf [Waud], saying the girls parents were going to Australia, and he didn’t know whether to obtain her for himself, or let her accompany him. Dined with Boutcher at Jack [Boutcher]’s, then accompanied him to London Bridge, (meeting Hayes’ brother by the way, who told me he was in Paris, at the Hotel St Honorй,) parted from Boutcher, got in omnibus, and to Sam [Gunn]’s. Tilly [Jenkins] there in the evening. Little Emily Annoot at our house, great friends with me, and fond of fairy stories.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel
Crimean War, 1853-1856


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