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	Boarders in Masquerade.
Solomon, not in all his glory, for his attire
was rather worn and frayed.         His is a
jeweler, a 7th regiment man, six feet high,
imposing-looking, good-humored, Don Juan-
ish and not too intellectually handsome.    Miss
Burtis, sister to our landlady s son-in-law, a
plump, dark-haired, resolute-faced girl  
a countenance with character in it.   A Sir
Roger de Caverley.      Mrs. Burtis, as a Village
Coquette,   powdered wig &c.    A brigand s dau-
ghter.    Another Irishman and Irishwoman.
A Sultana, Ledger as a Spanish or Mexi-
can muleteer, the best made-up and presser-
ved character among the assemblage.   Even
when he had removed his mask, people hardly
recognized his Spanish-brown reddened visage,
surmounted by a coarse black wig and finished
with his blackened beard.      Two Venetian
cavaliers.        Miss Waite and Miss Maguire
respectively as Lady Valentine and the  Spirit
of the Times,  the one with a fair mask, decora-
ted with pictorial  valentines,  the other in
newspapers.     They came from another bal
masque under the escort of St Satan, in
red, with horns and a hideous mask.   He
being introduced to me as a Mr. Wilbur,
spoke of having been employed, I think as
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes the costumes of his fellow boarders at a masked ball at their boarding house.
Date:1860-02-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Burtis, Miss; Burtis, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Wilbur
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.