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	        Boweryem drunk.
9, all sober (except Banks) and went to
Dixon s, then to Edwards .   The girls, Knud-
sen and Haney, the latter just returned from
Philadelphia.    Paterfamilias present, after-
wards Jack, one of the Pillows  and Mrs. Edwards.
Partons second volume of  Jackson  there for me.
Stayed till near 11, then to Bleecker Street.
Directly I unlocked the street-door I heard the
row upstairs.     Found the conspirators  object
accomplished, little Boweryem being unmistaka-
bly intoxicated.     They had flattened his appro-
bativeness by making him sing, drinking his health
with musical honors and the like, giving him
claret at first, allowing him to alloy it with
water, then secretly putting in sherry, beer
and whiskey.       When I entered the room, it
presented a rather disorderly spectacle.      The
bed had been broken down twice, first by three
fellows sitting on it, second by somebody pushing
Banks on it and jumping on him.           The party,
(minus Banks and Tracy, who had departed)
were all standing up, or straggling hither and
thither promiscuously, all talking, drinking,
laughing or scuffling, making generally a
most infernal row.     Little Boweryem was
set to sing the Marseillaise, which he did stand-
ing, with profuse gesticulation, all present
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page ninety-three
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-09
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Dixon, E.H.; Drunkenness; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Parton, James; Tracy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.