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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 140, August 28-30, 1855

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Identifier: DX03877344

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 140, August 28-30, 1855

Description: Describes playing a joke on A.F. Banks by convincing him that a sleeping Charles Damoreau had been stabbed.


usual explosive manner, said he [Yatman]'d left his situation, and had but $3.50/100, but boisterously and confidently. [A.F.] Banks up, dispraising egotism, and talking of himself. Going to dinner towards Grand Street, met [Charles] Damoreau, who wanted $5 till Saturday. Lent it. A Battery walk with him in the evening.

29. Wednesday. Drawing. Alf Waud up in the afternoon, Fogg &c. To [Charles] Welden's in the evening. Lonely.

30. Thursday. Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch called. Took half dozen or so drawings on wood to [Thomas W.] Strong’s, seeing [Charles] Gayler, his editor; thence to [Jesse] Haney, and to the Fulton Street Office, where were the usual party. Sol [Eytinge] had just completed a caricature of his brother Clarence [Eytinge], which made his appearance in a pair of the tightest, most skin-fitting pants conceivable. In the evening had sat down to writing when Damoreau, Alf & Clarence Eytinge came up, An hour after, Eytinge having left, came Banks. Damoreau had gone to sleep on the floor and buffalo skin, wherefore I started a flam for Banks' benefit, that Damoreau had been stabbed in a street row, and now lay partially insensible. Banks swallowed it all and it being proposed that we should go for ale, Damoreau was locked in and the light removed. We met Sol & the younger Waud below, so Banks, (who has been out by B Sol,) left. Returning after an hour at the Homeric shades, Damoreau was liberated, and informed that he owed his imprisonment to the suggestion of Banks, who offered to stand ale all round if we'd consent to it. (Alf had taken care by a rush up stairs to awaken Damoreau, so that his confinement was not passed in sleep.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-08-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Practical jokes


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