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assumption has deceived better men than
Frank Leslie s ex-employee.   Wood, too, has
figured in the Saturday Press, doing weak
translations from the French and what not
  gratuitously, of course.   Le Jeune Homme
Pouvre, as Gayler dubbed him in one of
his Bohemian articles, in the Courier, taking
the title from one of Woods Saturday Press trans-
lations, is just now in high feather on his pre-
sent or coming editorship.   He consorts a good
deal with Arnold, who returned from his rusti-
cation, has retaken up his abode in the Houston
Street boarding house.    I met both, one after-
noon, at the Pic Office, with Cahill, and next
morning at about 11 Cahill came up into my
room with an account of how they had spent
the night.     They set out from tavern to tavern,
involving a late visit to Pfaff s, just now the
especial rendezvous of Bohemia, where were Gay-
lor, O Brien, Bateman and others.      Going
off to a shilling dance-house and thence roys-
tering up the midnight streets either Cahill or
Wood fell to the heroically juvenile feat of
knocking over an ash-barrel, which being obser-
ved by a policeman, he crossed the road and
ordered them to pick it up.      This they did, when
he repeated his demand as to the barrel s contents.
Le Jeune Homme Pauvre was obeying, filling
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's tale of a night out with the Bohemians.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Bateman; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Police; Publishers and publishing; Saturday press.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston 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.