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	         Another Bal Masque.
sundry costumes from the theatre, for himself,
Haney and Jack Edwards, designing to return
from a Brooklyn party (the Mr. Rice or whatever
his name was   the Gallic Englishman we met up
at 745 some weeks ago, giving it) at about 11,
then to join us.      Cahill and I dressing, he
as Brigand, I, Zouave.        Morris arraying
himself in Syrian costum in his own room.
Little Boweryem, dressing with Mrs. Boley s assis-
tance as a Maid of All Work or Biddy, in a
frock and hoops borrowed from one of the servant-
girls.      Descended to the parlors about 11, found
the rooms crowded, a lively company.    I had on
a prodigious cocks-head masked, which nearly
stifled me and through which I could see but
little, so after an insane schottische with Bowery-
em, I went up-stairs and changed it for a
light mask, which only covering the upper portion
of my face, rendered my disguise merely nominal,
as it didn t conceal my beard.      Then I went
in for enjoyment and got it.       Swaggering through
the motley throng of masquers in as Zouavish
manner as I could assume, now addressed
by this one, now stopping to parley with that, and
always talking vehement and dislocated English
after the style of Frenchmen on the stage, I went
through the crowd, amused and, I think, amusing.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and three
Description:Describes a masked ball at his boarding house.
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Rice (acquaintance)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.