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in private.  But he s a man whom it would be more
than ridiculous to be angry with.    Enough of him for the
present.       We had a jolly time.    Grace was very fully-crino-
lined, with her fair, bright, silky hair in curls on either side of
her face, and ornamented with a sort of scarlet net work
at the back of it; two broad, bright variously tinted ribbon
sashes flowing from her waist.   She is an exceedingly tall
girl, her good looks and attractiveness being derived rather
from health and good-nature than the ^|intellectual| expression of her features.
Yet she has a soul of her own and can think for herself.
So much for the heroine of the occasion   I haven t time to speak
of the others.       I think Doestick s wife was the prettiest woman
there; with her silky dark hair worn smoothly and plainly,
her kind eyes, innocent voice and sweet, pleasant laugh.  She
wore a low dress and seemed a little embarrassed by cons-
ciousness of it.        We played games of the forfeit character, 
with more or less osculatory results, then at 10, to the base-
ment and supper.  Pickled oysters, cakes, confectionaries,
beer and cider.   Songs and speech-making.  Cahill & Haney
read poems   (I suspect Arnold wrote that of the former   
may be wrong though.)    My song a great success.   Everybody
amusing and jolly.          The Thomsons off by 12.  Haney to
bed on the parlor sofa, I on one in Jim s room, Cahill in
the adjoining apartment.
  25.  Thursday.  A merry breakfast.  Ulric came and
was tortured by fabulous accounts of the number of persons
who stayed all night.   Back to New York.            Last Friday
the vulturous-looked engraver Watson was arrested for for-
gery &c.  I think this time he s likely to resume his acquain-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-three
Description:Describes attending a birthday party for Grace Eldredge in Brooklyn.
Date:1858-02-24
Subject:Arnold, George; Birthdays; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Food; Forgery; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Ulric; Watson, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.