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	A Boarding-House Masked Ball.
though not very hilarious of aspect.  Cahill as
Rochester, wandering about the hall, rather in
the dumps, voting everything d____d slow, and
little Boweryem as a Black Monk, ditto.     The
masquers couldn t disguise their voices, wherefore
they went about it in silence, mopping and mowing.
But the two parlors presented a lively and even
brilliant scene.      I ll put down the majority of
the characters.    Griswold, a lively, goodhumored
married man (wife in Boston), who has been caught
hugging the chambermaid, by Ledger and Bob
Gun, drest as harlequin, went about slapping
folks with his baton.     Dunham (No 2   not the
Dunham of last winter, who, however, is here now,
with his wife and was, most of the evening, haun-
ting the hall as a spectator) as a Turk or
rather Persian.      Miss Cecilia Trainque as
Lady Gay Spanker, or a horsewoman generally.
Looked buxom and jolly.    Mrs. Ham, first
as an Irish Mrs. Macarthy in search of her runa-
way husband, anon as a powdered dame of
the court of whatever monarch you please.   Bur-
ger, a good-humored German, first as a
Paddywhack, then as Rob Roy.     Phillips as
a Pierrot.      Miss Fagan as Topsy   during the
earlier part of the evening only.    Two tall monks,
friends of Kettle s.       Kettle himself as King
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes the costumes of his fellow boarders at a masked ball at their boarding house.
Date:1860-02-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Burger; Cahill, Frank; Dunham; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Ginnerty, Mary; Griswold; Griswold, Mrs.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Phillips; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.