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	      We  get up a Cotillion. 
villainous-faced ogress urging men to dance.   In
this, as in the former, as in all the places visi-
ted most of the women were German or Dutch.
The men, in their common working clothes, looked
shabby enough.   Some of  the girls  danced with
one another, in default of partners.             Turning
out again we stood under shelter from the
drenching rain at a street-corner, where our
Serjeant conversed with one of the girls.  Stand-
ing bare headed, in her gay dress and exposed
shoulders, she was as ugly as ugly could be, hard,
rascally, masculine.            The next den we found
in temporary darkness, water having got into the
gas, from the meter.        Light being obtained
it appeared a dance house of some space and
pretensions   indeed it proved a notorious place,
once kept by Pat Dawson,  king of the 4th
ward  as he was called.        Here one woman
was handsome.   At Williams  suggestion, Shep-
herd, Haney and I danced, getting up a cotil-
lion.     Shepherd chose the good-looking girl
for a partner, I one of Israelitish aspect, who
had previously distinguished herself in a schottis-
che by a  tulipe orageuse  demonstration suggestive
of the Jardin Mabille.       I didn t observe Haney s 
partner; a stranger made up the set.                It must
have been a queer spectacle, Shepherd slim, gentle-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with George Boweryem, Jesse Haney, Charles Damoreau, and N. G. Shepherd, escorted by Sergeant Williams.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dawson, Pat; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Police; Prostitutes; Shepherd, N.G.; Williams, Sergeant; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.