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ted to get him to Bleecker St.   Then he wold go into
a tavern and have some brandy, being sick when he got out,
and again into  the Store,  another tavern, under pretense of
looking for  Bob Gun .   Here he invited the landlord and bar-
man to drink, paying the former for consuming his own li-
quor.      I got him to our boarding-house door, but he would
not enter,   So I kept with him and we went to the Santa
Claus, a place where they have singing and dancing enter-
tainments, where the audience mostly drink  lager,  and
where bare-armed and bold featured women wait on the
guests.   Most of these carry on a more equivocal trade on
their own account, though here, their fascinations don t pro-
duce more profit than occasional sixpences, given as fees by
those who desire to punch their elbows or call  em endearing(?)
names.     Cahill was at first rather lively and demonstra-
tive.    He shouted  hoor ay!  at the conclusion of the songs,
told me over and over again what he had paid for his coat,
that he d got a $50 farce to write for Florence &c, with
more edifying particulars touching his recent nocturnal
absence from Bleecker Street.    His girl  was descanted
upon.   It appears that both Arnold and Bob Gun are
similarly provided.      By 10 1/2 I got him again to our
street-door, but he wouldn t enter and so reeled off to
       where he remained, as subsequently appeared,
during the forenoon of the next day.
  11.  Wednesday.  Down town, hither and thither.  In
the afternoon with Banks (!) to the Jones  Wood festival,
a German, musical, Gymnastic, lager bierish open-air
entertainment, this being the third day of it.   It was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes going to an entertainment hall called the ''Santa Claus'' with Frank Cahill.
Date:1858-08-10
Subject:Arnold, George; Banks, A.F.; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.