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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 71, February 20-24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03460424

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 71, February 20-24, 1858

Description: Describes attending a birthday party for Grace Eldredge in Brooklyn.


10, I an hour later. Plunging through the snow banks in big thigh-boots, cap and hairy talma, to New York. Called on [Frank] Pounden. His child has been sick, of croup, and like to die! Returned up town and in doors the rest of the day. New York in a snowdrift.

21. Sunday. With Eldredge, son to the old gentleman on Randall's Island, to visit that place, he going to see his daughter, a little girl of 2. A healthy ride and walk. Back by 2 or so, to dinner. In doors the rest of the day. [Solomon] Eytinge up, in [Jesse] Haney's room, best part of the day. Wrote a rh song — a parody of "Villikens and his Dinah" in honor of Grace [Eldredge]'s birthday, which comes off on Wednesday. We are all to go over, and have a jollification. I've put every body into it, and mean to sing it.

22. Monday. Writing. Out for an hour. Called at Jewell's in the evening, and wrote a letter to Dillon Mapother.

23. Tuesday. Post-office, Pounden's &c. Met [Frank] Bellew. Wrote to [William] Barth.

24. Wednesday. Down town. At sunset, with Haney and [Frank] Cahill over to Brooklyn. The Doesticks' [Mortimer and Anna Thomson] there. A very jolly time. Grace drest her prettiest. She's one of those girls whom bright colors become, and looked charming. There was a big basket banquet of costly flowers on a side table, the gift of Ulric. The little man didn't show being engaged elsewhere, so a peculiar feature of the evening was missing. He's the a character. A small scanty-lightish-haired German with an inordinate desire of shining, playing first fiddle in everything — so much so that he detests any body who by any chance attracts more attention — though by ever so short a spack — than himself.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-02-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Germans


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