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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 28, July 24, 1853

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Identifier: DX04056335

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 28, July 24, 1853

Description: Describes the day of Charley Damoreau's wedding to Beatrice Prideaux.

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 outre, blue scarf tied about her neck, and little blue meshes tied 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 [Damoreau] dressing for execution. Found Mr [Henry] Hart, at after a visit to my room [290 Broadway], to don frock-coat, with [Alfred] Waud, altogether to Vesey Street. Dillon [Mapother] & Yatman there. The bride was attiring herself in room, Charley fluctuating ‘twixt it and his own. She was dressed in ball costume, low “neck,” filmy dress, though not white & the customary artificial orange blossoms in hair. 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 &

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-07-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Clothing and dress
Germans
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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