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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 112, July 17-18, 1855

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Identifier: DX03905570

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 112, July 17-18, 1855

Description: Describes the day of his departure from London to Southampton.


bookshelves, drawers, boxes &c, my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] stowing ‘em in the two stout boxes, which have twice crossed the Atlantic. Thus till 10 1/2 then I took omnibus to the Grays Inn Road, called in at Sanford’s and gave him another hour at photographing, Cornelius Bagster and [William] Boutcher joining me there. Two successes being achieved, I go back on omnibus; and presently am in Mrs Drinkwater’s market cart, with my father [Samuel Gunn, Sr.] and two boxes, on my way to the Nine Elms Station, there to transmit them to Southampton. Back to dinner by 3, and no more abroad for the day. Boutcher came, as wont, and by the evening we made up a very jolly party, both at supper table and afterwards. / C Bagster had been helping Boutcher all day, fussing about, lending Camera &c.) Ned [Gunn] was present, also Sam [Gunn]. Minnie [Gunn] had called, at an earlier period of the evening, but I think stayed not. I & Boutcher talked much, and even, when at 12 we mounted bed-ward, broke not off in converse till daylight.

18. Wednesday. Up by 6, breakfast, and cab at the door in half an hour. Good bye to all. My Mother, (who had been working heroically for the preceeding two days,) only broke down temporarily at parting; my father gave me 10 [pounds], with 3 [pounds] for Mary Anne [Greatbatch]. Rosa [Gunn] & Naomi [Gunn] cried, Dick [Bolton] and Charley [Gunn] walked on ahead to see us off at the station, I, Boutcher and [William] Conworth into cab, and off, through the cold, quiet streets, to the Waterloo Road. There, and into the train by 7, farewell to Charley and Dick, and off. The Day’s “Times,” some talk, a lengthy doze on the part of Boutcher, more talk, and three hours of flat sunny country brought us to Southampton. To the Docks, and seeing about luggage, mine being all right, Conworth’s, (which had been sent on from Ban-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Railroads


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