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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 70, February 15-20, 1858

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Identifier: DX03459592

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 70, February 15-20, 1858

Description: Mentions attending Jesse Haney's birthday party at Jim Parton's house in Brooklyn.


and [Jesse] Haney, in the latter's room. Gin & water and talk till near 1 A. M. in honor of my birthday.

16. Tuesday. To Harpers. Got paid $ for drawings. [John] Ware up at night. I writing to Hannah [Bennett].

17. Wednesday. Wrote to George Bolton. Out in the morning.

18. Thursday. To Mercantile Library, and to [Frank] Bellew's. A Scotchman there in his employ, named Gunn [Robert Gun]. Went to Major Piercy’s residence — second floor, over a candy-shop, in Broadway, t'other side of Union Square. He's doing nothing. The man ought to be in India. Writing, the rest of the day. Young Gladdy [Adolphus Gouverneur], Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur's boy came up in the evening, wanting to swindle me into the belief that he'd written half a story, for the purpose of selling it to Frank Leslie. He read it out. It was evidently copied, the sentences being four or six lines in length and better English — such as it was — than any boy could compose. Nevertheless he stuck to his lie for the whole time of his stay. I sent him into [Frank] Cahill, whom he half humbugged into forth in him. A promising youth of 12! I never met such a horribly mendacious family as his in my life. The mother herself is such an infernal liar that she absolutely can not speak the truth, pure and simple. Rawson [Gill], dogged and shiftless as he is, in worth the rest of the family put together.

19. Friday. A real, steady snowstorm. Writing to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn]. Called for Haney at 4 1/2 P. M. and together to Brooklyn, to [James] Parton's. Haney’s birth-day. A very jolly time: music, singing, pickled oysters, beer and Ulric, the music master of the girls [Grace and Ellen Eldredge]. Kept it up to 12 or so, then to bed, Haney & I tossing for choice of bed or sofa.

20. Saturday. Breakfasted and snowballing. Haney off by

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-02-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birthdays


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