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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 61, February 14-15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02867764

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 61, February 14-15, 1860

Description: Describes the masked ball at his boarding house.



foreman, on [Joseph] Scoville's “Pick.” Bob Gun was upstairs in [Arthur] Ledger's room, very doleful, a bottle of whiskey on the mantel-piece, the contents of which he would not partake of, having recently "sworn off." I went in among the masquers and had some fun, though affairs were comparatively dull until the general unmasking, which occurred about 12, previous to the descent to supper. The company formed two long rows from front to rear and revealed their faces to music. The supper was a lively scene, the dresses contrasting oddly with their wearers occupations. I attended on Miss [Olive] Waite and little [Sarah] Maguire. Upstairs and to it again. Sometimes a visit upstairs, to Bob Gun or Kettle, then to my post as looker on. Went to bed about 3, leaving the festivities in full progress.

15. Wednesday. A loafing day at our house generally. I and Ledger for an hour in Kettle's room. He said he had yesternight gone to another bal masque in company with another man's wife or mistress, a loaded pistol in his pocket (which he produced) in view of anticipated consequences. Writing, chores &c. A heavy snow storm, notwithstanding which Rondel came at 6, as invited, supped with me and at about 8 we set out into the storm to-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-02-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Balls (Parties)
19th century


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