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to one of Seymour s, from which it appeared that his cousin
had called him imbecile, denounced him as guilty of all sorts
of malice &c in coming to a house where Seymour was, with
others, Cahill being drunk at the time.   Finally Seymour cut
him altogether.    I think he must have acted cruelly in the mat-
ter, for Cahill suffered very much subsequently, being frightfully
hard-up.  He is really a good fellow, kind natured and thorough-
ly English in the better sense, at heart.   He s improvident, sprees
a little, and gets into debt   those are his faults.  He and Ar-
nold lived together at the old Ornithoryncus, wrote plays together,
starved together, drank and smoked together.   Burton and Stuart,
managers of theatres, took their plays to read, lost  em, proposed
alterations, played fast and loose with the authors as managers
have with other poor devils and will probably do so to all time.
They   the friends   used to crib little bits of tobacco from the
counters of bar-rooms for a smoke; to write like blazes  
sometimes all night long   and in short to endure all the
shady side of Bohemianism.   Here s a song Arnold wrote on it.
		 Oh! we were writing of a play,
		     A-writing of a farce so jolly,
		Hoping we could make it pay
		     To drive away our melancholy!
			Bow, Wow, Wow!  Let us now
			Give ourselves to fun and folly!
			     Bow, Wow, Wow!

		Sometimes, also, we would go
		     To the gardens by the riverx
			     x Bellevue.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eighty-eight
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill being cut off from his cousin Charles Seymour and his friendship with George Arnold.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Burton, W.E.; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Songs; Stuart; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.