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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.

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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

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Dates: 1852-09-02

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Swimming
Irish
Clothing and dress
Food
Diaries
Leisure
Artists
Practical jokes

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