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	       At Our Bal Masque.
danced with Miss Waite, promenaded with her
and little Maguire and took the former down
to supper.     Sat beside Maguire and opposite to
Miss Burtis; room crowded, a good deal of
fun and flirtation going on.     Ledger arrived.
He had been out all day with Bob Gun, presu-
mably on some (detective?) business, proposing to dress
at a friend s house, then to join us, but did
not do so, being too late.     Bob Gun didn t
show up at all till next morning, having been
out of the city, as I judged from hint dropped.
Up-stairs again.   More fun and dancing.    Did
I put Morris the Syrian in ? in a long brown
dress with baggy trousers, a mask with a peaked
nose?     Ledger cut off Miss Maguire from his
wing, on a hint from Cahill.        Visits up-stairs,
generally to Ledger s room for imbibition, claret,
sherry and whiskey on table.       I stuck to the
former.        Sage, a friend and, I think, ad-
mirer of Miss Waite up a good deal, Damoreau
ditto.        At 1 or later, as I was sitting in
the ball-room, Haney, Jack Edwards and
Hayes arrived, too late to dress however.   Miss
Waite and Maguire off, Ledger seeing them home.
A jovial after-supper down-stairs, Haney, Damo
reau, Hayes, Cahill and I present, Damoreau
made speech, proposing Mrs. Boley s health, which
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes a masked ball at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-14
Subject:Balls (Parties); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Burtis, Miss; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Edwards, John; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Sage (acquaintance): Waite, Olive (Bragg)
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.