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he looked for it and  took it for a rat 
  an allusion to his being near  Del. Trem. 
as they call Delirium Tremens.   The debauch-
ery and dissipation these fellows have seen!
Days of it together, travelling from brothel to
brothel  and tavern to tavern.         A droll story
of Giles, who is a quiet fellow with an enormous
moustache, but otherwise scant of hair.   He does
not drink, having  sworn off  for twelvemonths  
and kept his oath.   He went into an undertakers 
  the one in Carmine St   and said he wanted
to look at some coffins, with the gravest of faces.
Young woman asked him what size.      He said
He didn t know, looked first at one, then ano-
ther, finally at childrens coffins, just as though
the article were for ornament or luxury.     The
girl wanted to laugh terribly, when he left her.
Cahill told an absurd story of his being
in a hack carriage waiting for Arnold and
others to join him.    Driver became impatient,
insisted on leaving, kept putting Cahill (who
tried to prevent him starting) out of the vehicle,
into which the inebriate climbed again and
again, with a drunkards pertinacity, until 
the man consented to convey him to Wallack s
theatre, into which he passed and did not
return.             Considerable talk of  30  Greene
Street where  Bella  and  Adelle  reside.  Both
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Regarding a story about Giles.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Giles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; St. Orme, Adelle
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):30 Greene Street; Carmine Street
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.