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girl came into the passage after us as we
passed out.          Well, All s Well that Ends Well.
  When I got home I found Gun and Cahill
exceedingly and ridiculously drunk in the former s
room, Morris and Billington looking at them.
The first two had been on an amateur thief-cat-
ching expedition, after an  errand-boy  who, dischar-
ged by ^|from| the Pic., has been stealing letters and some
$30 from the Post-Office.       The quest proved un-
successful but they told such a well-acted flam
about the fellow drawing a knife on Cahill and
Cahill s shooting him in the shoulder, that for some
short time I was completely deceived by it!
  29.  Monday.  Writing &c.   In the afternoon
a Hoboken ramble with Morris.          Corbin, Gun
and Cahill came up in the evening, the two latter
decidedly drunk, in spite of which, at Corbin s
solicitation, we must needs go out to Mac Pyke s
for more liquor, two thirds of which I contrived to
spill on the floor, easy enough to do when your com-
panions are inebriated.     A dreary hour thus, then
between two staggerers, home, Cahill zig-zagging his
way across the street to his boarding-house.
  30.  Tuesday. [Phonography] and drawing on wood.   Out
in the afternoon, first to the Astor Library, then down
town to the Picayune Office.      A puddle of vomit on
the stairs, the deposit of the drunken printer and
I found both Gun and Cahill still drunk above.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and three
Description:Regarding going to MacPyke's for liquor with Corbin, Bob Gun, and Frank Cahill.
Date:1859-08-28
Subject:Billington; Cahill, Frank; Corbin; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.