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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 178, October 6, 1850

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Identifier: DX09660865

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 178, October 6, 1850

Description: Describes stories told by Alfred Waud about the antics of the young clerks at Danthorn's office in London.


ed the upper hand over that unfortunate man [Danthorn]. How they drank his wine concerning which he was at great pains to have it generally believed that the bottles containing it were empty ones. How they filled them with beer, tea and other dissimilarities. How Master Will [Waud] goes to the Office but when he likes and thats not often, and how, after any lengthened absence, (such as that of a month or so), he ringeth the bell furiously and belloweth as an injured individual, growling greatly. How when Danthorne goeth into the country as is still his want, clerks and pupils close the office for some weeks. How a telegraphic bit of paper in the window signalleth what they wish to communicate with “pals” outside; for the purpose of the availability of boxing, drinking &c. How another pupil hath had his articles cancelled, and how his father “pensioned him off” inasmuch as he must needs keep as mistress a bargee’s daughter. Of this same brother of Danthorn’s pupil; how he had been at work on divers panoramas. How he had walked from Oxford to London with three halfpence in pocket. Lastly how he was here in New York with two dollars, and mightily confident at that. The characteristics of this Rising generation are unbounded Impudence, perfect irrespect of every thing human or dwarf (,especially such antiquated notions as parental authority &c), and actual extreme smartness and able-to-take-care-of-oneself-itiveness. Gave him supper; out with him, called at Holts [168 Duane St]; left him at Liberty Street. At Mr [Joseph] Richardsons new place. He, his wife [Sarah Richardson], Mr [Henry] Hart, Dillon [Mapother] and Mr and Mrs [James and Sarah] Lacooney, two Holtein boarders, the latter a very handsome, dark haired Americaine. Talk, comic and otherwise,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-10-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Practical jokes


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