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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 16, January 18, 1852

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Identifier: DX01083206

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 16, January 18, 1852

Description: Describes an evening spent with Charley Moorhouse and others in their boarding house.


Presently they had supper — a very good notion of a bachelor’s supper too. Oysters stewed, hare and chickens, champagne for accompaniment. Then followed more singing &c. Previously however divers astonishing choruses had been perpetrated, some not of the most decent. One quaint one weak thus. First Singer commenced, suiting action to word

“One finger and thumb keep moving

To drive dull care away!”

Others joined in, and increasing in exhortation

“two” fingers followed, and finally it reached

“Two arms and two legs keep moving

Keep Moving! — ”

On which they were all jumping up and down like-insane Shaking Quakers, in a Terrifically ludicrous manner. The

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1852-01-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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