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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 70, March 29-April 1, 1851

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Identifier: DX01004679

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 70, March 29-April 1, 1851

Description: Mentions an April Fools' Day prank by Fred Anderson.


expecting to find [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother] with her [Sarah Richardson’s] husband [Joseph Richardson], but he was there alone. Sate awhile with him, had a glass of ale, then, it being 11 he returned home with the “domestic beer” and I wended my way back to [177] Canal. Little Cross bacchu plenus and irate and two strangers being inducted into his room while a “cot bed” is placed for his accommodation in Bradley’s, curseth some, and finally clears out, getting Alf [Waud] to assist him to convey his box to the passage below.

30. Sunday. Drawing the “Porcupine” title page all day, even until the weary hour of 3 next morning, [Hardin] Andrews being in a hurry for’t, and I having promised it on the morrow. Dillon Mapother called in the afternoon, Joe [Greatbatch] in the morning, and his father [Joseph Greatbatch] and Fred [Greatbatch] in the evening. Unwell in body this day; — the remains of last weeks illness hanging about me still.

31. Monday. Up by 5, finished drawing, took it to Nassau Street, saw Scorpionic Mearson, and Andrews, and got $6 for drawing. To the Office, and there, coloring elevations all day; — met [Warren] Butler in Canal Street after dinner. Evening the fire bell ringing, with Alf & Cross sallied out, and walked adown Broadway to the Battery, from which I am but now returned, and ere long mean to be in bed, as Alf now is.


1. Tuesday. Office. In the afternoon Waud comes, decoyed thither by a letter bearing my forged signature, a bit of fooling in honor of the day by Master Fred [Anderson], the which is retaliated by Alf surreptitiously purloining his cap, and bearing it away; necessitating messages, first by Mac [Namara], anon Pelham [Anderson], for it. Fred anticipating the return of his paternal [Charles F. Anderson] from Dearmount, and the consequent discovery of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-03-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Fire alarms
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
April Fools' Day
Practical jokes
19th century


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