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foreman, on Scoville s  Pick.              Bob Gun
was upstairs in Ledger s room, very doleful, a
bottle of whiskey on the mantel-piece, the contents
of which he would not partake of, having
recently  sworn off.     I went in among the
masquers and had some fun, though affairs
were comparatively dull until the general unmask-
ing, which occurred about 12, previous to the descent
to supper.        The company formed two long rows from
front to rear and revealed their faces to music.
The supper was a lively scene, the dresses con-
trasting oddly with their wearers occupations.     I
attended on Miss Waite and little Maguire.    Up
stairs and to it again.       Sometimes a visit
upstairs, to Bob Gun or Kettle, then to my
post as looker on.        Went to bed about 3,
leaving the festivities in full progress.
  15.  Wednesday.   A loafing day at our house
generally.      I and Ledger for an hour in
Kettle s room.       He said he had yesternight gone
to another bal masque in company with another
man s wife or mistress, a loaded pistol in
his pocket (which he produced) in view of an-
ticipated consequences.    Writing, chores &c.   A
heavy snow storm, notwithstanding which Ron-
del came at 6, as invited, supped with me
and at about 8 we set out into the storm to-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page sixty-one
Description:Describes the masked ball at his boarding house.
Date:1860-02-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Rondel; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Wilbur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.