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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 61, January 21-23, 1858

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Identifier: DX03452111

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 61, January 21-23, 1858

Description: Describes attending a birthday party for Frank Pounden's son, and helping create a splint for Pounden's Newfoundland who had a broken leg.


21. Thursday. Down town, Harper's &c. Posted a letter for my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn]. I've not heard from home for four months. Writing story at night and an hour or so into the next morning. [Jesse] Haney gone to the theatre with the Parton's.

22. Friday. Down town till 3, pottering about [Richard B.] Hutching's cut, between his office and that of Haney. Finally got it completed and got paid for it. Up town, after lunching at Gosling's, and by 6, per omnibus, to [Frank] Pounden's office, and finding he had left, to Brooklyn. A children's party in honor of the boy's birthday. All sorts of games and very tumultuous carryings on. I was master of the revels and became so popular that I wonder my coat wasn't torn off my back. Some of the children were very pretty, one being a perfect little beauty (named Annie Giles) with fair hair and deep blue eyes. When I had her innocent cherub's face nestling against mine, I'd have given anything to have owned her. Some folks of riper growth were present, including Miss [Mary] Barr and a Miss Read. Up till 2 in the morning assisting Pounden to undress and re-splinter the leg of his Newfoundland dog, which was broken in two place by the railroad cars. The poor animal lay at the foot of the basement stairs, and stood it better than a human being might have done.

23. Saturday. Over to New York with Pounden, rather later than usual, owing to Mrs P's having scalded her foot, just before breakfast. Looking in at the 'Pic' Office saw [Joseph] Woodward. Says he's been farming in Indiana and in the coal-region of Pennsylvania. I have not met the man since he bolted so abruptly, in the days of the "Lantern." The Major has shut up "The Pasha" — as I learn from [Frank] Cahill.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-01-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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