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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 52, January 5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03444638

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 52, January 5, 1858

Description: Describes an evening filled with games and performances at Mort Thomson's house in Brooklyn.


and buried, and that he [Mr. Davis] was a lookin'out for another," and that he had taken a house in Brooklyn, inviting me to come and see him. To Frank Leslie's, got my $10, met [Mortimer] Thomson and [Frank] Cahill, anon [Charles] Welden. Up town, looked in at "the Mejor [Piercy]'s" and found [Frank] Bellew there. He was looking over account books — I fancy he does the planning and getting credit part of the business. Mrs [Catherine] Bellew has another child, a boy, born on the first of the month. [Alfred] Swinton came up and called on me, when I returned to room. He has been sick of bilious remittent fever, for three months; had just been to Leslie's to get $30, was told I'd got $10 so came on to see if he could borrow $5.

In the afternoon, as invited, with [Jesse] Haney over to Brooklyn. (Cahill was to have accompanied us, but having passed part of the afternoon at Haney's, with [George] Arnold and Thomson, he came home so deplorably drunk at 5, we had to leave him on the bed, he agreeing to come over by 9.) Met [Augustus] Fay & Swinton in Broadway. Thomson's — he not come yet. [James] Parton and the Fern's [Fanny Fern, Grace Eldredge, and Ellen Eldredge] arrived, Miss [Louisa] Jacobs with 'em. Burlesque acrobatic feats by Ed. Wells and Cahill; "Shadow Buff" by the company; dance a la cachuca by Wells, in ballet costume, songs, music and "fox and geese," with more gambols than I can set down. The feature of the night was "Doesticks" wife [Anna Thomson] — in male costume. She went up stairs and dressed herself in a suit of his clothes and came down in them, being introduced as a boy. I can’t describe how exceedingly pretty she looked — how very exceedingly pretty. Especially when the girls, Grace and Miss J, would take off her coat and vest, leaving her in dark pants, clean white shirt with broad lay-down collar, neckerchief tied sailor-fashion and pretty brown boots. In this costume she continued all

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-01-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Payment
Clothing and dress


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