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	    A Polyglot Concert.
of my birthday.      Cahill and Bob   no,
not the latter (he had gone to bed)  but Morris
were there.    Got up a polyglot concert, Rondel
singing the Marseillaise splendidly, standing up
with vehement French gesticulation, and sub-
sequently one of Beranger s chansons; Ledger
following with Spanish ditties; Rice singing a
song part English, part French   in fact all
of us singing.      Kept it up till 2. A.M. making
considerable row with chorusses &c., which must
have effectually put to flight any chance of sleep-
ing on the part of the Kinnies , ^|in| the next room.
Cahill wouldn t drink a drop, but sang.      Mor-
ris got decidedly inebriated, perhaps for the first
time in his life.         When we ascended to the upper
story, to bed (Rondel was to occupy that in Cut-
ler s room, vacant in consequence of the Boston-
ian s being on a visit to his native city)  when
we got up-stairs, Morris, smiling and laughing
immensely, confessed his condition and began
suddenly to develop in a most ludicrous manner.
He reared up on his toes and in a sort of 
confidential, whispered roar asked Rondel
 who he was? , told him he  didn t belong here 
and more.         Ledger, who with Cahill came up,
mischeviously suggested that we should go into
the latter s room for the amiable purpose of dan-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page sixty-three
Description:Describes drinking with Ledger and others at his boarding house in celebration of his birthday.
Date:1860-02-15
Subject:Birthdays; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Cutler, Peter Y.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Music; Rice, Dr.; Rondel
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.