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	   A  rowdy  drinking Party.
joining in chorus and throwing their arms
about.      Then they got up imaginary quarrels
between Ledger and Shepherd, both rushing
at each other as with a desire to fight, strip-
ping coats off &c., others withholding them.   Of
course each farce concluded with more libations,
each tumbler being upturned in witness of its
contents being exhausted.    Then they joined hands
and danced round the table, which presently
got upset, with the attendant destruction of
tumblers and bottles.      Boweryem was aware
of his condition; he apostrophized himself in
the mirror, with  George Boweryem! Your e
as drunk as Silenus!         He developed very
goodhumoredly and was in an extraordinary
state of self-complacency.     Morris present.
The row grew so great that Burger, from below,
remonstrated by knocking the butt end of a mus-
ket against the ceiling, upon which Ledger
went down-stairs and persuaded him and
Kettle to come up.        They kept Ledger s apart-
ment locked, that nobody should escape; I had
some difficulty in getting Damoreau out at about
1 A.M.       He had had only about two hour s
sleep last night.      His hat was fractured by
the breakfast of the bed, first time.           The
revels proceeded, some of them trying to walk
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page ninety-four
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Burger; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Shepherd, N.G.
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.