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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 63, February 15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02869278

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 63, February 15, 1860

Description: Describes drinking with Arthur Ledger and others at his boarding house in celebration of his birthday.

Transcription:

A Polyglot Concert.

of my birthday. [Frank] Cahill and Bob [Gun] — no, not the latter (he had gone to bed) — but [James] Morris were there. Got up a polyglot concert, Rondel singing the Marseillaise splendidly, standing up with vehement French gesticulation, and subsequently one of Beranger’s chansons; [Arthur] Ledger following with Spanish ditties; Rice singing a song part English, part French — in fact all of us singing. Kept it up till 2. A.M. making considerable row with chorusses &c., which must have effectually put to flight any chance of sleeping on the part of the Kinnies’, in the next room. Cahill wouldn’t drink a drop, but sang. Morris got decidedly inebriated, perhaps for the first time in his life. When we ascended to the upper story, to bed (Rondel was to occupy that in [Peter] Cutler’s room, vacant in consequence of the Bostonian’s being on a visit to his native city) — when we got up-stairs, Morris, smiling and laughing immensely, confessed his condition and began suddenly to develop in a most ludicrous manner. He reared up on his toes and in a sort of confidential, whispered roar asked Rondel “who he was?”, told him he “didn’t belong here” and more. Ledger, who with Cahill came up, mischeviously suggested that we should go into the latter’s room for the amiable purpose of dan-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-02-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Birthdays
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Music
Drinking of alcoholic beverages

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