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The dress became me.    It had been worn
by one of the redoubtable corps in Egypt, and
for anything I know to the contrary, at Monte-
bello or Magenta.     It had French regimental
marks inside the jacket.     Consisted of immense-
ly loose, red, baggy breeches, leggings, long blue
scarf to wind round waist, queer cloth waist-coat
with ony one   the left   arm-hole in it,
fastening under and above the right arm, white
gaiters and red fez cap.          My beard was in
keeping.    Thus attired, I did my fooling
and liked it.       Discovered an Indian Maid,
who, by her height and figure, I supposed to
be Miss Waite, in which opinion I was confirmed
by a whisper from Mademoiselle Lafayette (little
Miss Maguire) who, like her companion, was
very tastily-dressed.       Now to catalogue the
masquers.    Kettle, gorgeously got up as Don
Cesar de Bazan, really looking splendid.    Of
course Miss Mrs Fagan ^|was| on his arm, smartly
attired as a Polish Girl.         They danced toget-
her throughout the night, provoking a good
deal of comment, especially from the women.
Kettle couldn t identify her at first and went
about whispering  Lyddy! Lyddy!  to at
least three women, in addition, they say, ex-
tending invitations to go up-stairs.   Altogether,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and four
Description:Describes a masked ball at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Clothing and dress; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Women
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.