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Eytinge, Whiting &c at the door.   Round to Pic Office
with Bellew, then returned Bowerywards, tired and
illish.
  8.  Sunday.  In-doors.   A walk in the evening.
  9.  Monday.  To Doctor.  Phonograph.  An afternoon
walk, during which I met Banks.   Writing till midnight.
  10.  Tuesday.  Returned from an early morning s walk, Cahill
came into my room blaming himself for a  b____y fool,  having
been on a drunken spree with Gun, lasting till 5 this morning.
He, Cahill, seems to have been working pretty steadily of late,
writing Charades &c for a speculative publisher.   Says he s got
a check for $90, payment.   So he went off to get the money.
Phonography.  Drawing on wood till evening, then out.  Drop-
ping in at Arnold s I found my respectable namesake in a
state of imbecile drunkenness, just going out with Sears, Arnold s
chum.   Cahill and Arnold had just stepped out for supper
and presently returned, both drunk, Cahill extremely so
though not to Gun s extent.  It seemed they had got the money,
Cahill came back to Bleecker St, paid Mrs Potter $20, bought
himself a $12 coat, and then joining the others continued
yesternights debauch.   They had a woodcock-and-wine dinner
at Mataran s, drank claret, champagne and port, bought
apples and peaches in the streets and pelted people with them.
Gun they dropped at a tavern.   Risking getting apprehended
more than once in Broadway for their generally conspicuous
behaviour , the  spree  had continued to the present time.
These details had hardly been told before a  lady  visitor to Arnold
was announced.  Guess it s Heloise!  says somebody.   So we
left.    Cahill then declared he must go to  his girl.  I wan-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's ''spree.''
Date:1858-08-07
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Eytinge, Solomon; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heloise; Potter, Mrs.; Sears, Jack; Whiting, A.T.
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.