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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 171, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02765716

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 171, August 21, 1860

Description: Regarding a story told by A.F. Banks about a girl who went to the countryside to secretly give birth.

Transcription:

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[A.F.] Banks in Crinoline.

with its French lithographs, little counter and distant billiard-table looked very sunny, cool and Parisian. Dr Dolby — “the sporting Doctor,” he who visited me during my sickness, who writes for the Clipper, and was getting out a Flash Dictionary, boards here, too. I talked with him while Banks breakfasted and the Doctor professed to be under a cloud. Off with Banks. Going down Church street, in its present state of demolition, a very respectable looking elderly man stopped to speak with my companion. I commented on his appearance and was told the nature of his communication. His wife possesses a large private lying-in establishment, at which it had been intended that some girl (“in society, by Jove,” said Banks) should give birth to the result of an amour with some young fellow, a friend of his — and of her family (!) Miscalculating her time, she had gone into the country, to visit her uncle, relying on the present fashion to conceal her figure, and there produced her bastard. Forthwith Banks began to eulogize crinoline, with “They’ll never give it up! never!” The respectable man had remonstrated about his keeping a room vacant for a customer. To the Pine street pier, East River, and aboard the Devonshire. Found Bellew, wife [Catherine Bellew] and child [Allie Bellew] in

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Boardinghouses
19th century

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