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tion of yesternight s doings, when they went
to assist the barman to keep watch, got inebria-
ted, all three of them, on promiscuous liquors,
invited in equally promiscuous company of the
other sex and brought home a pine-apple shaped
cheese, rendered too hard to be cut or eaten
by the action of the fire.       To return to to-night.
It was proposed that Morris and Billington
should go round for the purpose of  hooking  some
whiskey from a big puncheon which had escaped
the conflagration.   So they did it, though Gun
and Cahill were gone, Morris keeping watch,
and Billington fishing up the spirit by the aid
of a string, wine-glass and the bung-hole.   They
brought back a little over half a bottle full,
Morris being much afflicted with remorse at
the proceeding and vowing he d pay Crosse, some
time or other.       He got chaffed considerably
about the affair.
  5.  Thursday.   Cahill & Bob Gun up-
stairs, loafing away the best part of the mor-
ning, would have out the stolen whiskey and
nearly finished it.      Down-town with Morris.
Writing the rest of the day.            The plague
of too much company upon me.
  6.  Friday.   Writing.  Down-town in the af-
ternoon, for a walk.        Out of sort, feverish,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page eleven
Description:Regarding whiskey stolen by Frank Cahill and Bob Gun.
Subject:Billington; Cahill, Frank; Crosse (barman); Drunkenness; Food; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.