Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-seven

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Identifier: DX02864736

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 57, February 14, 1860

Description: Describes the costumes of his fellow boarders at a masked ball at their boarding house.

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A Boarding-House Masked Ball.

though not very hilarious of aspect. [Frank] Cahill as Rochester, wandering about the hall, rather in the dumps, voting everything d____d slow, and little [George] Boweryem as a Black Monk, ditto. The masquers couldn't disguise their voices, wherefore they went about it in silence, mopping and mowing. But the two parlors presented a lively and even brilliant scene. I'll put down the majority of the characters. Griswold, a lively, goodhumored married man (wife in Boston), who has been caught hugging the chambermaid, by [Arthur] Ledger and Bob Gun, drest as harlequin, went about slapping folks with his baton. Dunham (No 2 — not the Dunham of last winter, who, however, is here now, with his wife and was, most of the evening, haunting the hall as a spectator) as a Turk or rather Persian. Miss Cecilia Trainque as Lady Gay Spanker, or a horsewoman generally. Looked buxom and jolly. Mrs. Ham, first as an Irish Mrs. Macarthy in search of her runaway husband, anon as a powdered dame of the court of whatever monarch you please. Burger, a good-humored German, first as a Paddywhack, then as Rob Roy. Phillips as a Pierrot. Miss [Lyddy] Fagan as Topsy — during the earlier part of the evening only. Two tall monks, friends of Kettle's. Kettle himself as King

Item: Diary

Rights: Public Domain (no known copyright)

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Dates: 1860

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

Subjects: Balls (Parties)
Boardinghouses--New York (State)--New York--19th century
Diaries

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