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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 87, March 5, 1860

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Identifier: DX02887484

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 87, March 5, 1860

Description: Describes a prank played on James Morris in which Gunn wrote him a letter supposedly from their landlady, Mrs. Boley.



A “Sell” on [James] Morris.

([Charles A.] Dana) hadn’t found time to read my article. To “Courier” Office &c. Writing all the afternoon, and till near midnight. A great laugh, finally, in [Arthur] Ledger’s room about a certain “sell” we’ve effected on Morris. Yesterday the sound of the dinner-bell surprised him in the bath-room (where he generally spends a considerable portion of his Sunday mornings, boiling himself) upon which he cut up stairs, sans trousers. Nobody except [N.G.] Shepherd, who was in Ledger’s room, and Kettle, who was going down-stairs, saw him, but we persuaded him that the circumstance had become a matter of conversation among the women, and this morning, Bob Gun indicted the following letter to him, from my rough draught — in a feminine hand:

“Mr. Maurice, Sir,

I hope you will please excuse my mentioning it as I should not have thought of doing so but for its being requested by others whitch [sic] my position as keeping a decent house oblidges [sic] my taking notice of boarders objections. They say you was seen come out of the bath-room yesterday without any pants on wich [sic] as I have a number of young lady borders who if they was to see would be indelicate to their feelings to the least of it. Please don’t do

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-03-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Practical jokes


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