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	       A Drunken Compositor.
  Supposed Grace and Mort were engaged.  Had
been to Mrs. Thomsons , probably with Mort, or
Wells, before he came hither.              Dancing.
 Snapdragon,  down-stairs.      Left, with Morris
at 12.  Fire-alarm and rush of firemen along
Broadway side-walks.  More folks at home.  To
bed by 1.
  3.  Tuesday.  Down-town, to  Courier  Office.
Briggs there.  He was one of Fanny s callers yester-
day and, as usual, affected the slightly-mysterious
about it.   To  Pic.  Office.  The foreman, Mc. Cul-
loch at the bottom of the stairs, drunk and mourn-
ful, insisting on taking my arm and squeezing
himself considerably, in the attempt to walk thus
along the narrow places.    Some months ago
the man offended me, and I had a bit of a 
dispute with him; since then, whenever he is ine-
briated, he always returns to the subject, repent-
ing, as it were, in dust-and-ashes.     Up-stairs,
Bob Gun, engravers, printers and confusion. It
appeared that Mc. C. had presented himself, in
the morning, too drunk to  lock up the form  of the
paper, all he did resulting in  pi-ing  matter.
Cahill remonstrating energetically, Mc. pitched into
him, and a violent scuffle ended in Cahill s bolt-
ing down-stairs, leaving his hat behind him.
Gun anticipated the paper wouldn t go to press
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page nine
Description:Describes encountering a drunken McCulloch.
Date:1860-01-02
Subject:Briggs, Charles F.; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Firemen; Fires; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McCulloch; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); New York picayune.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.