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meeting again as happily.
  I thought of home, of Hannah and Cha-
combe more than once this day.    It has been
a very happy one with me, the happiest I ever
spent in this country, perhaps in my life.
  27.  Tuesday.  Don t recollect details. Pro-
bably something of a loafing day, the evening
spent in writing.   Bob Gun and Cahill at cards
and whiskey during the afternoon, the whiskey
predominant all the evening.    I didn t put down
their sequel in Sunday night.   Gun and Mc
Culloch took Cahill with them to the Pic Office, in
the expectation, the former asserts, that the night air
might sober him.         Perhaps with that same object
they allowed him to carry with him a full bottle
of whiskey.     At the office they hunted up a strange
compositor and set him to work on something of
immediate necessity.   The night being exceedingly cold
Gun and Mac Culloch went out to endeavor to
procure wood for a fire.   When they returned they
found both Cahill and the compositor hopelessly
drunk, the bottle emptied or partially upset on the
table, wood-cuts, papers and miscellanous articles
deluged with spirits or water and everything in the
absurdist confusion.      That compositor may have
done two cents worth of work that evening.
  28.  Wednesday.  To the Courier Office.
Haney, Smith, English and Briggs there.  Talk
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-six
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's night drinking at the ''New York Picayune'' office with a compositor.
Date:1859-12-26
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; English; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McCulloch; Smith, James L.
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.