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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 211, May 19, 1860

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Identifier: DX02996376

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 211, May 19, 1860

Description: Describes attending a birthday party for Henry Addey.



An English Dinner-Party.

in William. [Frank] Bellew and I up-stairs, where we found the object of our quest [Henry Addey] seated at a table in company with a dozen or more men, mostly Englishmen, who dining or lunching there day after day, hold an informal club of an hour and a half’s duration. When the anniversary of their birthdays occurs, the individual born treats the company. This happening to day, speeches were made, in one of which the father of the individual born did the eloquential, the paternal, the philanthropic and incidentally informed the company that his son’s wife was in the family way! The whole thing was eminently George the Fourthish — belonged to the dark ages. So much of good intentions, with such extraordinary taste or want of it. Addey made his jokes and twitched his nose, presently leaving and giving myself and Bellew checks for our money. Having cashed mine, I took omnibus up-town. My room whitewashed, cleaned out. Dined, dressed and by 3 1/2 came [George] Boweryem. Off per car to Robinson St. pier. Red Bank boat having started we took the one to Key Port. A lovely, sunny, breezy afternoon, distant partial rain-storms curious to see in the west. Two and a half hours journey brought us to Key Port, where we entered a “stage” for Colt’s Neck, a place

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-05-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birthdays


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