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Cahill and Gun have visited their
former mistresses recently, on one occasion
taking with them Billington.     This evening
Cahill talking incoherently of being remonstrated
in his former position and ousting  the b____
with the hemorrage of the lungs     Sears.
  All of the party but Giles went to this and
other brothels, this night.     When I returned
from a brief visit to Mrs Wall, her mother
and sister   to take her husbands letter
to her   I found only Giles, who subsequently
slept with Bob Gun.        Cahill returned
with Arnold, at about 3 A. M. and sang
snatches of bawdry on getting to bed, which pro
voked remonstrance on the part of Mrs
Kinnie in the adjoining room.    She knocked
with her knuckles on the door, when Arnold
shouted  Come in! why don t you come
in?  &c.              Apropos of this woman, she
and her husband are deservedly unpopular in
the house, and she hates me like thunder.
I had a row with her about Cahill s smoking
in his room.    She attempted a jobation at me
on the subject over the dinner table, when I
made short work of it and have cut her dead,
turning my shoulder towards her, ever since.
In fact I ve so completely ignored her existence
(its easy enough with one of her stamp) as
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Regarding a disagreement with Mrs. Kinne at his boarding house.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Arnold, George; Billington; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Giles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Sears, Jack; St. Orme, Adelle
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.