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regular  howling-bags.      He saw me
well enough, but I wasn t going to speak first,
had best indeed not affect civility to him anyhow,
my instincts were always against it.     He was on
duty, I guess as a cloqueur.        Round to Bleecker
again, Bob Gun s room.  Billington, Cahill.    A
bottle of whiskey.   I upstairs awhile, rejoined
them.   Talk, tods, Billington drunk, Cahill dit-
to, Bob Gun moderately affected, T. B. G not
at all, or at least not a jot more so than was 
good for him.    Songs.    Mrs Boley, Kettle and
one Munroe up.    Billington to bed, sick.   I left
at 2, read awhile and to bed.
  25.  Sunday.  Not up very early, but got Bob
Gun out for a walk.   He had been drinking this
morning and wasn t sober, neither were Shepherd
or Cahill, whom we left in Bob Gun s room.   I
wanted to get him off to prevent his indulging in
a day s debauch.     Unluckily he would uncork
a fresh bottle of whiskey, the third purveyed since
last night, leaving it to the two who stayed behind,
with the usual consequences.     Off for a good long
walk, dropping in at Haney s by the way for
half an hour.       Up to 50th street or so.   Being
like Peachem  sleaky in his liquor  Gun began
to inform me who Ledger is, the intelligence being
not uncurious.     The man is a London detective,
here on professional business, involving the arrest
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Describes taking a walk with Bob Gun on Christmas morning.
Subject:Billington; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Christmas; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kettle; Ledger, Arthur; Munro (boarder); O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):50th Street; Bleecker Street
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.