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surdly drunk, and from it s behaviour one might have sup-
posed that the dog was in the same condition. For he seemed
ludicrously insecure on his legs, had to stick  em wide apart
to prevent toppling over, and drifted about the room in an ex-
traordinary man.    He was a long legged, thin, black and white
dog of the hound species, and as it appeared almost starved.
When some bread was got for him he almost upset himself in
aiming at it, went on either side of it, and presently got him-
self into in absurdly intricate positions with his head twisted
under the sofa, from which he hadn t strength to extricate it.
Gun all the time sat on a chair, repeating occasionally that
the animal was a d____d fine dog that he  only wanted a dose of calomel,  and the 
like.  Presently
we got him to his room, dog and all, where he first thanked
Leslie, designating him as a sanguinary Yankee Scotchman,
and then offered to fight him for twopence, because he was
 down on Finlay.                      Cahill and this Bob Gun
were both out on a debauch yesterday   went to Honey s in the
morning, came back, Cahill didn t show at dinner but slept
till 5   both went out again to the Santa Claus (a drinking
and singing shop) and elsewhere, returning by 4 A. M. in
the morning.      Cahill spent all his money, and consequently,
didn t pay Mrs Potter anything on Monday.
  11. Thursday.  Drenching, equinoctial weather. Down town,
part of the time with Gun, returning very wet.
  12.  Wednesday.  To Harpers and left story with Guernsey.
Then to Ferris  store, having learnt that Pounden was to embark
for Port au Prince, on account of the firm.      After an hour s
delay went aboard with him.   An hermaphrodite or  jackass  brig,
some eight or ten sailors, mostly Portugese.    The vessel looked
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes Bob Gun returning to the boarding house drunk with a starved dog he picked up at a tavern.
Date:1858-05-10
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Dogs; Drunkenness; Finlay; Guernsey; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.