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or five years agox, wrote a series of tremendously slashing
articles on Forrest s acting in his various parts, which
appeared in the Tribune, got connected with the Times, and
finally became the lesee of the theatre, renting it of Wallack.
  A feminine idea of repartee.      Old Patten was blazing away
this morning at churches not daring to pronounce against sla-
very, and using a newspaper jocularity, said,  If I were a
chicken and any of them fellows (clergymen) was around,
I d roost high, I would!   But,  said Mrs Potter, with a
delightful simper, indicative of the consciousness of getting off
a good thing,  chickens are not good this time of year !!!!
  Phonography at night.     Thunder, lightning and rain, after
a warm day.      Cahill s just come in (11 P. M.) not having
been to the tavern.   He made a bet with Haney that he would
not drink intoxicating liquor for a month   wagering a parcel
of tobacco   and is trying to win it.    Leslie s in Philadelphia.
He went off this morning having partially subdued his boils.
Going into his room after breakfast to arouse him, I found
a man there against whom he began to rail directly the door
had closed on the object.  It seems this man had owed him
some two or three hundred dollars, and before  bursting up 
made Leslie safe by assigning property to him, to   of course
  the damage of other creditors.  (This appears a pet dodge
of Leslie s.)     He says, however, that he lent the man the money.
  x He was Receiver of the Income tax, swindled the govern-
ment and  cooked  his accounts, till flight became necessary.
He has a brother who was M. P. for Galway till unseated 
for bribery.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding a bet between Frank Cahill and Jesse Haney for Cahill to stop drinking for a month.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Forrest, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Patten, Willis; Potter, Mrs.; Religion; Slavery; Stuart, C.D.; Wallack, Lester; Women
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.