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health-walk.   To Chapin s awhile (another preacher)
then to Houston St boarding-house, at night.   Arnold was
not at home, found Gun and Cahill in their (upper) room.
It s a spacious, comfortable one, containing two beds.  They
take their drinks at home, now, Cahill says, and 
get   tight.    He got so this night, for not content with
offering me the hospitality of whiskey from a big demi-
john, Gun must needs have us cross the street to a tavern
where, presently, Cahill drank himself fast asleep in his
chair and we had to help him back.          While they were bog-
gling at the key-hole Arnold came up.     I drank but little
and was perfectly sober.    Gun wasn t much hit, either.
  15.  Monday.  Another note from Alf Waud, with a
commission for me to do for him.  He writes more despondently
about hard times.        When a man is poor he often grows
confidential and inclines to write letters   not that he ex-
pects to get anything from you, except, perhaps sympathy.
Dickens has illustrated this subtly, in Micawber.  Embar-
rassed persons, too, like to hear of other folks reverses,
not as Rochefoucald s detestable French axiom would
make it, because we are pleased at others misfortunes,
but because Sorrow draws them nearer, on the ground
of common humanity.    Wrote all day, finishing Story.
In the evening to Edwards  little party in honor of the mar-
riage of another of the girls in California.   This is her wed-
ding day.  More folks present than during our last celebra-
tion.     Dancing, music, singing, supper and punch.  Haney
I and dog   for Haney took him   left at 1. A. M.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ten
Description:Mentions a night out at a tavern with Frank Cahill and Bob Gun and receiving a letter from Alf Waud.
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.