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was a pretty animal of a German woman at table who amused me
much.   She was plump, deep-bosomed, hair worn in piquant tri-partite
style, & glossy; dressed a little outr , blue scarf tied about her
neck, and little blue meshes about her wrists.  Very frank
was she, and ate extensively, chattering away in her own tongue at
a great rate with a fellow-countryman, & with her husband, a
bearded and spectacled Teuton.    /                 I left, went to
Erfords, leaving Charley dressing for execution.    Found Mr Hart,
at after a visit to my room,  to don frock-coat, with Waud,
altogether to Vesey Street.          Dillon & Yatman there.         The
bride was attiring herself in room,      Charley fluctuating  twixt it
and his own.       She was dressed in ball costume, law  neck , filmy
dress, though not white & the customary artificial orange blossoms in
home.       He was in black.    Wherefore I conclude the fact of the
husband not arraying himself in blue coat & brass buttons don t affect
the legality of the match.          There were no bridesmaids, (at the
lady s own desire.)         All us masculines out to Van Name s
for imbibition.   T was a sultry summer afternoon, and the church,
Saint Paul s opposite.         I, Dillon & Yatman went over, &
after a bit of a look round the Church Yard, (& by 7 Cooke s
monument &c)    I found Sexton & learnt particulars of him.
Down Vesey Street to the house.       Bride sitting in state, &c   told
Damoreau programme, talked awhile, & then back.  Once
more there.    Coach moved up the street, halted at side gate, &
the twain moved to the church,  we bottle holders following into the
Vestry.      Names &c  registred.        Charleys.  Then  Beatrice Prideaux,
born at Pisa, Italy,  (age I think 27 or 8.) So she said.       Waud &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes the day of Charley Damoreau's wedding to Beatrice Prideaux.
Date:1853-07-24
Subject:Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Germans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Women; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; 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.