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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 122, January 1, 1853

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Identifier: DX01233200

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 122, January 1, 1853

Description: Describes his New Year's Day calls with Edward Heylyn.




1. Saturday. A little snow having fallen over-night out with [Edward] Heylyn to the place where he keeps horse and sleigh, and off in the latter to the merry tinkle of the sleigh bells. Not enough snow for very brisk progress. Return after a call, about the town, and necessary purchasings; off along country roads again, call at a house where we visited a pleasant-faced clergyman’s wife, (with whom Heylyn flirted,) and two children. Back. Visitors coming in the evening in the shape of man, wife, and two children, we played whist, “Tivoli” (!) had snapdragon &c for the alarm of the juveniles. An abortive attempt at “hunt the Slipper” and forfeits, ending in a fearfully romping game of blind man’s buff [bluff], which got all the party into a very horrid state of temperature. I think all the folk were inclined to jollity save Mrs [Liz] Heylyn, who for certain private ends got up the preliminaries to imitation hysterics, necessitating Heylyn to yell at her in an energetic manner in the adjoining room; whereupon the symptoms gradually disappeared, the performer however making demands for extreme sympathy during the remainder of the Evening.

It is part of her system to affect sickness. She’s never going

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
New Year
Card games


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