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	           Our Masked Ball.
though Don Cesar didn t support his character
at all in talk or demeanor, he and his partner
were the brightest-looking couple in the room.  Berger,
his chum and room-mate, wore a Greek dress,
which suited his physique captically.   Phillips was a 
Bear, subsequently a Chinese Juggler or Dancer.
Miss Trainque   the sequence is opposite   first a
male Organ-Grinder, with a veritable instrument,
which she couldn t play, then a Gipsy-Girl, of the
stage pattern.            Griswold did a Nondescript Keeper
of the Bear in a queer jumble of costume, which
he soon abandoned.   The Fagan had been a
Tamborine Girl previously.     Mrs. Ham, first a
Rag-Picker, second a Spanish donna.      All these
live in the house; now to outsiders.        Mrs. Burtis,
landlady s mar daughter, two or three costumes;
first a jolly old ale-wife, after a recent  Vanity
Fair  poster, dispensing lager-beer of excellent
quality.     A Yankee Gal after the stage pattern,
chattered very tolerable Varmacunt.    A Male Yan-
kee.   (I had a passage of arms with these and
came off victor.)   Mrs. Bartow (with whom Miss
Waite and Maguire reside, in this street, at
the house at which Morris and I called on New
Year s Day)as a Suliote Maid.     Banker (ex-
boarder.) as a Lazzaroni or Spanish Smuggler.
A Vivandiere, with too long a frock.    A Flower-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and five
Description:Describes a masked ball at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Banker (boarder); Bartow, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Burger; Burtis, Mrs.; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Griswold; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Kettle; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Phillips; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips)
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.