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	  An English Dinner-Party.
in William.        Bellew and I up-stairs,
where we found the object of our quest seated
at a table in company with a dozen or more
men, mostly Englishmen, who dining or lunch-
ing there day after day, hold an informal club
of an hour and a half s duration.      When the anni-
versary of their birthdays occurs, the individual
born treats the company.      This happening to day,
speeches were made, in one of which the father of
the individual born did the eloquential, the pater-
nal, the philanthropic and incidentally informed
the company that his son s wife was in the family
way!          The whole thing was eminently George the
Fourthish   belonged to the dark ages.              So much
of good intentions, with such extraordinary taste or
want of it.          Addey made his jokes and twitched
his nose, presently leaving and giving myself
and Bellew checks for our money.     Having cash-
ed mine, I took omnibus up-town.            My room
whitewashed, cleaned out.     Dined, dressed and
by 3   came Boweryem.      Off per car to Robin-
son St. pier.     Red Bank boat having started
we took the one to Key Port.   A lovely, sunny,
breezy afternoon, distant partial rain-storms
curious to see in the west.       Two and a half
hours journey brought us to Key Port, where
we entered a  stage  for Colt s Neck, a place
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Describes attending a birthday party for Addey.
Date:1860-05-19
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Frank; Birthdays; Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Robinson Street; William Street
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.