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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 58, February 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02865493

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 58, February 14, 1860

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

Transcription:

Boarders in Masquerade.

Solomon, not in all his glory, for his [Kettle's] attire was rather worn and frayed. His is a jeweler, a 7th regiment man, six feet high, imposing-looking, good-humored, Don Juanish and not too intellectually handsome. Miss Burtis, sister to our landlady's son-in-law, a plump, dark-haired, resolute-faced girl — a countenance with character in it. A Sir Roger de Caverley. Mrs. Burtis, as a Village Coquette, — powdered wig &c. A brigand's daughter. Another Irishman and Irishwoman. A Sultana, [Arthur] Ledger as a Spanish or Mexican muleteer, the best made-up and preserved character among the assemblage. Even when he had removed his mask, people hardly recognized his Spanish-brown reddened visage, surmounted by a coarse black wig and finished with his blackened beard. Two Venetian cavaliers. Miss [Olive] Waite and Miss [Sarah] Maguire respectively as Lady Valentine and the "Spirit of the Times," the one with a fair mask, decorated with pictorial "valentines," the other in newspapers. They came from another bal masque under the escort of St Satan, in red, with horns and a hideous mask. He being introduced to me as a Mr. Wilbur, spoke of having been employed, I think as

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-02-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Balls (Parties)
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries

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