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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 203, February 9-14, 1856

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Identifier: DX03921492

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 203, February 9-14, 1856

Description: Mentions visiting the Ornithorhyncus with Frank Pounden.


[John] Watson the engraver and others. There was a larger circle than on any previous Saturday night, but the evening was a decided failure. Clique-ism in conversation, and speeches marred the it completely. Dreary punning in which unfortunate words were [word crossed out] made to run the gauntlet or be stretched upon the rack, invidious calls on folks to sing with half malicious intent to deride them, stupid side-speeches, and dull boozing. There were too many present, and some who were too self important to be good humored. A letter from George Bolton.

10 Sunday. [Frank] Bellew called in the basement. I writing till evening. Looked in at the Waverly, but [James] Parton & his wife [Fanny Fern] were out, so to Edwards’ [745 Broadway] & had a pleasant hour there. [Jesse] Haney present, and we walked back together. The Arnolds [George and Jack] & [George] Yewel visited me just before going out.

11. Monday. Writing. Evening tried Parton’s. Out again. A walk and back to writing.

12. Tuesday. Yesterday repeated, with the addition of a violent diarrhea. Saw Parton, and then visited Montgomery at Franklin Street. Called at Abbotts. Have done 9 Chapters of Boarding House Physiology.

13. Wednesday. A letter from Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch.

14. Thursday. In doors till 5, then out, called at Abbotts & Yewell’s, then to Parton’s, there spent the evening. She “Fanny Fern” talks very freely, telling

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-02-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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