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in this unchristian sham-republic.
Return at even.  I to Chapin s.
  24.  Monday.  Drawing all day, till midnight.   A
close, blusterous, variable, exquisitely uncomfortable day.  Leslie
came up at about 10 with a bottle of wine, and lay on the
bed talking and watching me at work.  Just a quarter after
12 we heard Cahill and Gun come in, both drunk, Cahill
extremely so.   He could scarcely walk, kept falling, his com-
panion supporting him.   Tumbling head foremost into his
room, he staggered about awhile, fell violently (as we thought
on to the bed, as it subsequently proved, on the floor) and there
lay till morning.
  25.  Tuesday.  Cahill & Gun up about 10, and comparing
notes as to yesterday s debauch.         Down town, to  Golden
Prize  office, saw Salter, the editor.  Liked my story extremely,
would take it in the fall of the year, but had to reduce expen-
ses, in consequence of which they ve discharged Arnold.  So took
M. S. and left.   To Harper s, got $10.   Up town.  Evening
partially at Phonography.    Cahill and Gun home at 11,
drunk again, Cahill extremely so.        He is behaving like
a miserable ass, and it is dishonest withal, as Mrs Potter
don t get her money.    Weak natures are the worst one can
have to deal with, they ve no backbones to their souls, and
are incurable.        We ve three fellows in the house who get
drunk now.    The odious Irishman Pounden pere sometimes
presents himself at the breakfast table in a state of half
intoxication.   He does nothing for his livelihood.    His wofe
goes off early each morning to Staten Island, there to teach
music, returning at sunset.   She believes in the sot, her hus-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Mentions a story of his getting rejected by the ''Golden Prize.''
Date:1858-05-23
Subject:Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.; Salter
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.