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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 88, March 5-6, 1860

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Identifier: DX02888243

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 88, March 5-6, 1860

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



And its Result.

it again and oblidge [sic], your sincere friend Susan Boley."

[James] Morris was at first suspicious, but a little perjury and a good deal of equivocation, convinced him of the letter’s authenticity. So, by judicious management, he was indirectly persuaded to write an answer, involving a statement of the case, reflections on the false delicacy of the supposed fair complainants and side allusions to Mrs. Kinney’s presumed habit of ventilating her eye at key-holes! Mrs. Boley was a little sick and didn’t appear at the supper-table, but the letter brought her up to Morris’s room in the evening, when he showed her her imagined one and the joke exploded. He took it in good part and we all laughed in [Arthur] Ledger’s room between 12 and 1, till the folks below wondered what was the matter.

6. Tuesday. Finished letter to the “Era,” in London. Ledger’s brother owns and he himself has a share in it. I want to get the office of New York correspondent. Sam Beazley, years ago, did the literary, perhaps theatrical criticism for this paper; odd if his ex-pupil appear in it. To [Frank] Bellew’s; he out; took car and, with Ledger, who got in at Bleecker St, down town. Went up in “Vanity Fair” Office, af-

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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