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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 223, September 8-9, 1860

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Identifier: DX02804516

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 223, September 8-9, 1860

Description: Describes visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with George Boweryem, Jesse Haney, Charles Damoreau, and N.G. Shepherd, escorted by Sergeant Williams.



Fourth Ward Dance-Houses.

[gentle]manly and moustached, talking to his [N.G. Shepherd’s] partner with a ball room air (which rather confounded her), I in black from head to foot, a cap and spectacles (put on to see the more) blundering through the figures, and [Jesse] Haney buttoned up and dextrous. The dance over we “treated” our partners. They only drank “soda” and but a sip of that, being forbidden from anything stronger until past midnight, when their getting drunk wouldn’t interfere with “business.” The last place we visited was perhaps the most odious, for many of the women were dressed in a caricature of the ballet, in short skirts, descending but little below the knee. They all wore cloth boots and white or pink stockings. The night proved rather unfavorable, the rain dulling everything, so at about 12 ½ we relinquished our quest for this time. On our way to the station house [Charles] Damoreau pointed out a fellow lying under a cart, veritably in the gutter, black mud, filth and rain surrounding him, he snoring the snore of drunkenness. Half an hours talk in the Serjeant’s neat room, then up-townwards. And thus ended an evening on duty for a religious paper!

9. Sunday. Writing till the afternoon, then to 16th street, to call on Haney, but Jack Edwards had carried him off. Half an hour’s

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-09-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Dance halls


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