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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 73, October 19-20, 1852

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Identifier: DX01208999

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 73, October 19-20, 1852

Description: Mentions fooling two dressmakers into thinking he has recently returned to New York from California.


every body with a fool’s cap on, and capering to the jangle of his own bells right merrily!

[words crossed out] / Alfred Brown came, & Charley [Brown] shook hands with many promises to write &c &c, then off for return to Boston! / [Alfred] Waud came, supped with him at Sweeneys, then in a gun-shop, looking at certain new loading-at-the breech patent weapons, in company with a Californian-looking individual, who said gravely with an impressive slowness, as if he wished it to be inferred he spoke from great experience, that “a bowie-knife was best for a close fight.” Parted with Waud & I off to Brooklyn. Met [Alfred] Swinton on the Ferry. / Called at Dunsiers. Subsequently was introduced to two pretty dressmakers, as a returned Californian & played the part to a gigantic extent, infinitely to their and (my own) entertainment for an hour or twain. Return to New York and room by 12.

20. Wednesday. With Waud, (who had passed the night in Swinton’s Office [290 Broadway], down town to Goslings for breakfast. Thence, parting, I to Bunnell & Price, to Picayune Office, to Lantern &c. [Thomas] Powell [word crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-10-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Practical jokes


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