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	      Gun and Cahill drunk.
night from the opera.    I stood up in one or
two dances, talked with Jim and left at about
1, half an hour before they broke up.
  11.  Saturday.  Down-town in the afternoon
to  Courier  Office.   Evening, drawing, Cahill
and Morris with me.             By 10, Bob Gun came
up, very absurdly drunk, tumbling hither and
thither, sitting down on a box, talking confused-
ly about Bannockburn, the damage occurring
to the  Picayune  subscription list from Helpers
 Impending Crisis,  and much more, in an
indescribably ludicrous manner.     He, being trou-
bled with a fit of hiccupping, tried counting
numbers to cure it, every minute breaking out
into comment or digression.     Withal he smiled
 and still he smiled  in amiable idiocy.      Persis-
ting in inviting me to come out and drink,
we compromised the matter by sending Cahill
out for ale.         Now he, Cahill, was rather in-
toxicated already, and pending the filling of two
half-gallon demi-johns he drank sundry whis-
key-skins, presently returning only less inebria-
ted than Bob Gun.      And up to 1 A.M or
later, there was nothing but ale-bibbing, chorus
singing and absurdity, which, having finished
my drawing, I didn t object to.     Shepherd came
up too.       For the last two or three nights he has
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page forty-nine
Description:Describes drinking with Frank Cahill and Bob Gun.
Date:1860-02-10
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Parton, James; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.