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for Sol and Doesticks, both of whom had pressed their
sobriety.   Doesticks, going back, carried Haney down, for he, lying
on the steps, was insisting that he should be allowed to roll down
also, like O Brien   saying it was  partiality of the others to
permit the one and prevent the other.       My next recollection is of
the long, dusty, road, of being very tired, yet keeping on ahead, not
wishing to have the trouble of talking with the other fellows.        I think
Cahill was clamorous that we should go by the Elysian Fields
way   in which case we should, inevitably have knocked ourselves
against trees, tumbled into ditches; perhaps have spent the night
on the damp ground and got fever and ague.          However we kept
on.      Something I remember of Haney and Cahill lying down by
the road side and tumbling over one another.        It appears there
was a struggle for the basket (in which all the forks but one, tum-
bled out, as we subsequently discovered.)         Then I must have
let the rest come up with me.        I recollect running after a cart
and making a blow at a yelping dog therein.    Cahill says that I
either knocked him out, or he jumped out, for presently his
owner came driving back and asked, in a very civil manner,
whether we had seen a dog?      On which O Brien cursed him and
began pulling off his coat to attack him   when the man drove on
furiously, pursued by O Brien and myself.          Next I recollect
Hoboken streets and gas-lamps which I commenced smashing,
being imitated by Arnold.     Also I danced lively measures on
the sidewalk, which, Doesticks reports were the most ludricous
exhibitions he ever witnessed.  I would caper from side to side
most terphsicorically, then walk on swiftly and gravely for a 
block or two, then dance again.      OBrien wanted to join me.
Who paid at the Ferry house I don t know.     Doesticks says we
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty-five
Description:Describes drunkenly returning to New York from a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Date:1857-11-03
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Dogs; Drunkenness; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.