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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 29, September 2-3, 1852

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Identifier: DX01191859

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 29, September 2-3, 1852

Description: Describes an incident in which he and Alfred Waud went swimming, and Gunn's pants went missing.


that some one intent on bathing might also appear, and keep him company. Getting on a bit of a floating raft we undressed placing clothes on the edge of a large clumsy vessel beside. Our swim over & pleasant enow, out we got, Celtic boy dressed & left; we mounting from raft to the bank side leisurely prepare to do the same. But ere long I discover that my pants are not! Breeches have vanished! Then ensued much searching & speculation, groping in the black recesses of the vessel below & finally I get into the water again & grope by the ships side, thinking that the breeks have fallen in. All in vain, — much objuration bestowed upon the Celtic boy, self-felecitation that my coat (& its contents,) had not gone also. At length, half an hour having passed thus, [Alfred] Waud is about to start to his room for a pair of his own, when we are horribly startled by a howl from immediately below us, in the dark abysm of the ship. It was Davis! — he had climbed aboard at the stern sailor-like & had possessed himself of my breeks, awaiting the discovery and all that ensued afterwards. / [Alfred] Waud crossed to New York with me, we had an oyster stew in Broadway, then each on our several ways to bed.

3. Friday. Work on wood, social sketch. [William] Roberts came about 1. Dined at Reade St, Shades, with Roberts, [Alfred] Swinton & Waud, divers imbibitions afterwards. All to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Swimming
Clothing and dress
Practical jokes


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