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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 73, February 24-25, 1858

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Identifier: DX03462087

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 73, February 24-25, 1858

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


in private. But he [Mr. Ulric]'s a man whom it would be more than ridiculous to be angry with. Enough of him for the present. We had a jolly time. Grace [Eldredge] was very fully-crinolined, with her fair, bright, silky hair in curls on either side of her face, and ornamented with a sort of scarlet net work at the back of it; two broad, bright variously tinted ribbon sashes flowing from her waist. She is an exceedingly tall girl, her good looks and attractiveness being derived rather from health and good-nature than the intellectual expression of her features. Yet she has a soul of her own and can think for herself. So much for the heroine of the occasion — I haven’t time to speak of the others. I think Doestick's wife [Anna Thomson] was the prettiest woman there; with her silky dark hair worn smoothly and plainly, her kind eyes, innocent voice and sweet, pleasant laugh. She wore a low dress and seemed a little embarrassed by consciousness of it. We played games of the forfeit character, of with more or less osculatory results, then at 10, to the basement and supper. Pickled oysters, cakes, confectionaries, beer and cider. Songs and speech-making. [Frank] Cahill & [Jesse] Haney read poems (I suspect [George] Arnold wrote that of the former — may be wrong though.) My song a great success. Everybody amusing and jolly. The Thomsons' off by 12. Haney to bed on the parlor sofa, I on one in Jim [Parton]'s room, Cahill in the adjoining apartment.

25. Thursday. A merry breakfast. Ulric came and was tortured by fabulous accounts of the number of persons who stayed all night. Back to New York. Last Friday the vulturous-looked engraver [John] Watson was arrested for forgery &c. I think this time he’s likely to resume his acquain-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-02-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Clothing and dress


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