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afternoon Moorhouse came up, to invite me
to his room, and about 4 I descended. He,
Reynolds, Bland, Nagle, and more two
others there.   Singing with piano forte accom-
paniment, national songs &c, with imbib-
ition and fumigation to any extent.  The
little shrewd pleasant-voiced boy, Bland s son
sang several songs, being held by the hands the
while, inasmuch as he twisted and writhed in
most strange fashion, the which I found to
be owing to Saint Vitus s dance.  /   How
well the players are described in Gil Blas.
Moorhouse sang songs at a great rate and
made speeches.  /   Bland found out the
passage in Shakspeare wherein that Mosey
word  muss  is to be found.   It is in
Antony and Cleopatra.  /     Some of em played
Whist, and them Poker.  I looked on.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page fifteen
Description:Describes an evening spent with Moorhouse and others in their boarding house.
Date:1852-01-16
Subject:Bland; Bland, Jr.; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Moorhouse; Nagle, James P. (Watt); Reynolds, Bill; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.