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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 11, October 18, 1851

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Identifier: DX01055936

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 11, October 18, 1851

Description: Narrates a humorous story involving a rooster owned by his landlady, Mrs. Leave.


blocks for drawing pictorial rebusses and sufficient to sink a three-decker. To Picayune Office, got paid for drawing $3 all in small silver, (real Picayune change.) To Traveller Office again. Made new arrangement with Holbrook, he to give me $3 a week regularly, I to scribble what I like, not confining to Ike Chivvles. All right. Afternoon down again with more things, thence to the Battery, thence returning. Part of the evening sitting in the room of Mr Cunningham, with him and wife. Mr Cunningham narrateth of a fearful accident which on the preceeding night befell the unhappy rooster, who commonly abideth in the yard of this establishment, and who hath a peculiarly asthmatic crow of his own. How, he, Cunningham, going to the shrine of Cloacina, (which said temple the fowl doth much frequent, as I know) was startled at hearing a crow from the nether depths, how he discovered the luckless crow there, and went in, demanding of Mrs Leave whether she owned a bird commonly existant in the yard, to which she, assenting, he informed her of the plight of chanticleer. “Oh it’s my rooster” quoth she, and with the two Irish handmaidens sallied out straightway to the rescue. And first they tried to lasso him a la Mexicaine, but couldn’t, and then they tried a basket, but Rooster was’nt sharp enough to get in’t. Finally they got him up, though how the deponent sayeth not. My impression is that the wretched fowl designed suicide, impelled by want of society; albeit he may have accidentally made the worse than Curtins-like-leap, in the essay to leap on the seat.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Payment
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
19th century
Publishers and publishing


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