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  31.  Tuesday.  To Doctors.  Subsequently down
Broadway, to purchase photograph views of Niagara
for home and Chacombe.        In doors writing &c du-
ring the afternoon, with the villainous headache which has
plagued me unceasingly for the last week.

  1.  Wednesday.  Leslie, coming home last night, finds Ca-
hill drunk and asleep on the doorstep.  So he   rather roughly,
by his own account   hauls him up stairs, going into Gun s
room to procure his assistance.     Gun, being only less drunk
than Cahill, and lying on his bed, rises and plunges
head first against the partition door.   All four they tum-
ble up stairs together, Leslie laughing and swearing and
vilifying them.    After a violent concussion against my room-
door (I being abed and my light just out) Leslie got
them into Cahill s room, where after a good deal of tumb-
ling over one another, incoherent talk, drunken excla-
mations and subdued laughter Cahill was forcibly
put to bed.       It appeared the two, Cahill and Gun
had been celebrating the latter s birthday at Mataran s.
Bellew was with them, Haney escaping to Brooklyn.
  Down town to see Broadway preparations for the Tele-
graph Celebration.   Transparencies, inscriptions, preparations
for illumination, a great crowd and a lovely day.
Met Clapp, back from Saratoga & Lake George.   To Pica-
yune & Nic-nax offices, called at Leslie s (William) and
up town with him to dinner.       Then through the crowd &
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Regarding William Leslie finding Frank Cahill asleep on the front steps of the boarding house.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Birthdays; Blakeman, Dr.; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.