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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 40, December 15-22, 1857

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Identifier: DX03434687

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 40, December 15-22, 1857

Description: Describes attending a charity ball with Thomas Nast in order to write a comic article about it for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.


home, and speculates whether he [George Bolton] should go west and hire out on a farm, or in a store.

16. Wednesday. Jerroldiana. Writing.

17. Thursday. Down town in the morning. Writing story at night. [Mortimer] Thomson came up in the afternoon. A miserable day, atmospherically and every sort of way. Did nothing till night.

18. Friday. In doors till evening working hard. Jerroldiana. Then to Greene St.

19. Saturday. Drawing — for [Frank] Leslie's paper. [Frank] Cahill in my room. Down town in the afternoon. Broadway thronged. Met Fanny Fern and her daughter. Grace [Eldredge] looking charming. Anon met [Frank] Bellew, Piercy and [Jesse] Haney. Parting, Cahill to the Pic Office, I to Post Office &c. Evening drawing and scribbling.

20. Sunday. To [James] Partons, and there all day, [Jesse] Haney coming in the evening — having spent the greater part of the day with [Fitz James] O'Brien, in Jersey.

21. Monday. Working. (Jerroldiana.) A letter from Hannah [Bennett].

22. Tuesday. Working. Down town in the afternoon, to the Post Office &c. Found a note from Frank Leslie on my return, requesting me to go to the Charity ball at "the Academy," in order to write a comic article about it. [Thomas] Nast, a young artist called, at at about 10 we went. Very brilliant opera-house full of folks — a great cram. Came face to face with Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur, there, she looking very well in her ball dress, and squired by a clerk in the 7th Regiment, militia uniform. "Why, its Mr Gunn!" says she, according me a very cordial recognition, at which I bowed. We've been at feud since the [William] Leslie row, though she has often sat opposite to me at the dinner table, and thrown out conversational grappling irons, I've never clinched.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-12-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Balls (Parties)


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