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dinner Ellis went to sleep and
snored audibly on the sofa, Dixey
imitated his example in the adjoin-
ing room, the actor went off
and only Harris, Dacres and myself
remained awake or half-so, smoking
cigars and continuing a desultory con-
versation in which I played the part
of listener.      It was a leisurely
business, throughout, lasting three
hours or more.     Not before the rest
of the party had awoke and night
descended did Harris and I walk
back to Lafayette Square, he discour-
sing fluently and enthusiastically, as
usual.    At the house we found Mrs
Harris, ravishingly dressed in a
charmingly-fitting dark gown, dis-
playing her dainty waist to the ut-
most advantage, a red bow of ribbon
or velvet surmounting her dark, curling
hair, and a scarlet net confining
its glossy clumpiness behind.   The wo
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page eighty-five
Description:Describes attending a party at a bachelor-house in New Orleans.
Subject:Civil War; Dacres; Dixey; Ellis (New Orleans); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harris, Lizzie; Harris, T. Decatur; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Lafayette Square
Scan Date:2011-01-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.