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quarters for three days last week,
ending on Saturday.     He appeared at our
supper table on Thursday, rather drunk,
in high spirits and handsomish.     Adjourning
to Bob Gun s room subsequently, Giles, Tracy
and presently Ledger and Abrahams dro-
ped in.    Over some abominable whiskey  
Gun got 6 bottles of it from an advertiser, 
presenting me with one, of which I didn t
drink a drop   they had a regular Bohe-
main evening talking of nothing but spreeing,
drunkenness and bawdry.   I spent an hour
and a half studying it.      Cahill got intoxi-
cated with fatally eager celerity, when his con-
versation was nothing but obscenity, folly,
blasphemy and stories of past mis-doings.
Arnold his chair tilted against the wall,
cigar in mouth, his face flushed with the
afternoon s potations, did his share of
laughing and talking.    He and Cahill
alluded again and again to Shepherd s 
returning to New York to find his mother
and sister dead, characterizing it as  a bloody
lark  and laughing incoherently.   This was
done half out of bravado, half out of liquor.
Brothel adventures were narrated, without number.
The last time Arnold was in town he lost
his hat under a sofa in one of these places, said
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Subject:Abrahams; Arnold, George; Bohemians; Brothels; Cahill, Frank; Giles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger; Shepherd, N.G.; Tracy
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.