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	      Drunken Doings.
cing over Boweryem s head, when Morris
was quite willing to do it, but Rondel and
I prevented them.         Then Ledger proposed
visiting Mrs. Boley and Miss Maguire, to
which Morris accorded an equally ready as-
sent.     Finally they descended to Boweryem s
room, and Morris brought in half-a-glassful
of whiskey, hospitably pressing him to drink.
The little man took the irruption very well,
even though Morris (at Ledger s suggestion
again) spilled the liquor over his bed-clothes.
Meantime I and Rondel remained up-stairs
leaning over the banisters and laughing con-
sumedly till Kinnie s voice, mildly inquiring
 if there was to be any more of that noise
around,  sent us, conscience-stricken to
our rooms and to bed, where I laughed till
my anatomy ached at the recollection of
Morris  demeanor.     It seems that on quit-
ting Boweryem s apartment Ledger pounded
on Kinnie s door, having stuck Morris against
it and then escaped into his own room, to Ca-
hill.    Kinnie appearing, ventured a remonstrance
when Morris, in the dark requested him in
the most amiable manner  to be d  ____d,  upon
which the long and long-suffering doctor slam-
med the door upon him.      Subsequently Ledger
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page sixty-four
Description:Describes drinking with others at his boarding house in celebration of his birthday.
Date:1860-02-15
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Rondel
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.