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	      Dresses and Doings
girl to whom I introduced Damoreau, who
turned up about 12 and who forthwith com-
menced a heavy flirtation with her, she being,
as he said,  the only straw he had to cling to. 
Pocahontas: Miss Burtis, sister of our land-
lady s daughter s husband, bright-eyed, very
fair skinned, dark-haired, rather sharp looking;
general effect pretty.    Zouave Colonel in a
rich dress with a good deal of lace on the sleeves;
rather an ugly man; I believe an acquaintance
of Kettle s.   A stage Irishman.    A Butcher.
Mrs. Bowley s veritable butcher.    A Maid of
Athens.      A queer Pierrot, wearing a funnel
with an onion on the top of it.       Mrs. Schenck,
a la Hungarienne.       Gesler, in a helmet and
half-armor   the good-humored German who
has been lying with a rupture, on a sick-bed
for the last three weeks.     A Nigger Waiter.
Folly.     Red-Riding-Hood, subsequently a
Swiss Broom-Girl.   A French Peasant.     An
Ancient Lady, afterwards Mrs. Martha Wash-
ington.     Sir Harcourt Courtly and his servant
Cool.       A Gondolier.    A Fairy with wand and
star.       A Friar.       Bancker as a Spanish Contra-
bandero or Neapolitan Lazzaroni, looked well.
A Sailor.      These and others, doubtless more
than I observed, constituted our masquers.   I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes a masked ball at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Banker (boarder); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Burtis, Miss; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gesler; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kettle; Schenck, Mrs.
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.