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Presently they had supper   a very good
notion of a bachelor s supper too. Oysters
stewed, hare and chickens, champagne
for accompaniment.   Then followed more
singing &c.       Previously however divers as-
tonishing choruses had been perpetrated, some
not of the most decent.            One quaint one
weak thus.         First Singer commenced, suiting
action to word
	 One finger and thumb keep moving
		To drive dull care away!  
Others joined in, and increasing in exhortation
 two  fingers followed, and finally it reached
	 Two arms and two legs keep moving
			Keep Moving!    
On which they were all jumping up and
down like-insane Shaking Quakers, in
a Terrifically ludicrous manner.   The
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page sixteen
Description:Describes an evening spent with Moorhouse and others in their boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.