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	  Fourth Ward Dance-Houses.
manly and moustached, talking to his partner
with a ball room air (which rather confounded her),
I in black from head to foot, a cap and spec-
tacles (put on to see the more) blundering through
the figures, and Haney buttoned up and dextrous.
The dance over we  treated  our partners.     They
only drank  soda  and but a sip of that, being
forbidden from anything stronger until past midnight,
when their getting drunk wouldn t interfere with
 business.         The last place we visited was
perhaps the most odious, for many of the women
were dressed in a caricature of the ballet, in
short skirts, descending but little below the knee.
They all wore cloth boots and white or pink stock-
ings.            The night proved rather unfavorable,
the rain dulling everything, so at about 12   we
relinquished our quest for this time.   On our way
to the station house Damoreau pointed out a fel-
low lying under a cart, veritably in the gutter,
black mud, filth and rain surrounding him, he
snoring the snore of drunkenness.    Half an hours
talk in the Serjeant s neat room, then up-town
wards.   An thus ended an evening on duty for
a religious paper!
  9.  Sunday.  Writing till the afternoon, then
to 16th street, to call on Haney, but Jack Ed-
wards had carried him off.       Half an hour s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty-three
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.
Date:1860-09-08
Subject:Boweryem, George; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drunkenness; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Police; Prostitutes; Shepherd, N.G.; Williams, Sergeant; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
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.