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but read, talks of going on the stage, etc.
Shared a bottle of stout with him, which I d bought
on my way uptown in the rain, and we talked.
He related much of his London life about town.  Al-
ways the same fellow   there can be no change in him.
Had a legacy of two or three hundred pounds and
knocked it all down in dissipation in a few weeks.
Lost a good berth in business, didn t try to obtain
another and came to New York on a sudden whim.
He wouldn t make a bad comic actor but the life
is, at first, a hard one, needs industry and express
one to temptation towards drunkenness which would be
fatal to Cahill.     Father was an Irishman.
  17.  Sunday.  Chores.  A sultry walk to 16th
street, Haney out.    Cahill in my room, for a book.
To 16th street again, after tea, little Nast supping
with Haney.   Left them at Edwards  to Chapin s
(the church closes henceforth till September) then re-
joined them.     Two Californians present, another visitor,
besides Haney & Nast aforesaid.        The girls, more
than ever threw Haney and me over, with the ex-
caption of Sally.    They just shake hands with us, then
talk to others the whole of the evening.   Sally knows
there s something amiss, suspects indefinity, wants to
remedy it.             Haney and I talked it over; he a
good deal hurt and melancholy about it, I affected in
my degree.       Shall incontinently commence a sliding
scale of decreasing visits and the hitherto pleasant
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty-nine
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's idea of becoming an actor.
Date:1859-07-16
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.