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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 53, January 5-10, 1858

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Identifier: DX03445468

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 53, January 5-10, 1858

Description: Mentions a visit of Nina Brooks to his boarding house and a party thrown by Fitz James O'Brien at Delmonico's.


the remainder of the evening, taking part in the "Fox and Geese," during which her [Anna Thomson's] hair came down. She looked so pretty and so innocent that nobody could think it immodest for a second. Nor was it! [Jesse] Haney went home with the Partons at about 1, [Frank] Cahill and I trudged back to New York, through the mild night, and part of the time, through the slow falling rain.

6. Wednesday. In doors all day, doing very little.

7. Thursday. Down town in the morning. To Mrs [Celina] Jewells in the evening; she and her daughters [Cornelia Sexton and Miss Celina Jewell] there. A project of Mrs Sexton starting a boarding-house. / [Fitz James] O'Brien called in the afternoon. Incidentally, I have heard a characteristic thing of him. Underwood, one of the editors of the "Atlantic Monthly" being on here, O'Brien must needs give him, [Ed. G.P.] Wilkins, [Henry] Clapp and Fry (of the Tribune) a supper at Delmonico's — some $30 affair or more. Splendid illustration of Erin go Brag!

8. Friday. Wrote to Mary Anne [Greatbatch], and to [Alfred] Waud. Out in the afternoon. Little Miss [Nina] Brooks called this morning and asked for Mrs [Catharine] Potter, who was out. The Biddies being engaged in cleaning the front parlour, she was about to walk into the back one, where [William] Leslie was breakfasting at his usual late hour! The servant told her "a gentleman" was there. Still she wanted to go in. The servant asked her to walk up stairs, to Mrs Patten's or Miss [Lucia] Cooper's room — which she declined — and went away. Meantime Leslie had bolted to the further door, preparing to quit the room by it, if she entered at the other. He subsequently went off without his breakfast!!!

9. Saturday. Don’t recollect. Down town in the morning.

10. Sunday. With Haney to [Frank] Pounden's, in pursuance of an invitation given by the latter, on night, when I found him in

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-01-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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