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neous spree  during the past week, on one
occasion setting out at 3 A. M of a muddy muzzly
day to walk to Harlem, to take a boat and similar
proceedings.      Glover a little drunk too and talking
small lewdnesses, praising dead Levison s capacity
for soliciting advertisements &c.    From this tavern
we went to  the Bank  where Gaylor joined us, coming
in from seeing Rob Roy at the Metropolitan.    Thence to
Howells where we found Cahill and John Wood,
the former drunk and possibly the latter, but as he
didn t walk it was not particularly visible.       I
believe Glover s intention in getting the party hither
was to attempt insulting Howell, with whom he has
had sundy squabbles.      As I sat looking at the
faces around me;   Glover s foolish one with his
unlovely sensual mouth; Cahill s, wrinkled into
exhilarant imbecility by inebriation; Gaylor s heavy 
coarse, red one; Arnold s, good-looking and flush-
ed with liquor; Gun s, eminently sensual but with
a look of Scotch solidity; Wood s, flamboyant-whis-
kerish and inflamed; Tracy s small and shrewd;
  as I saw this and listened to the conversation,
neither witty, kindly or profitable, wherein the wretched
Cahill with an imbecile laugh desecrated the dear
name of Christ with an obscene jest, I felt how joy-
less, how dreary, how mean and low the whole scene
was and half hated myself for being there.       To
think, too, that on Gun, depended my means for paying
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and forty
Description:Describes a night out drinking with a group of Bohemians.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Gayler, Charles; Glover, Thad; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Howell (bar owner); Levison, William; Tracy; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.