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	         Drunken Idiots.
a straight line, Boweryem among the rest.
Presently he became sick, when he was convey-
ed to his own room and put to bed.       As for
the last two days, he has kept his face tied
up in a white handkerchief, in consequence of
the appearance of a carbuncle on it, as that
carbuncle had burst during the day, as he
had got his whiskers shaved off in consequence,
as he was hopelessly inebriated, he looked
an extraordinary spectacle.        Then compa-
rative silence followed, the affectation of
intoxication was dropped, we sat conversing
and smoking.     Presently they took about a
score of empty bottles and strewed them on
the floor of Bowerem s apartment, moved
a very weighty trunk against his door, hung
a carpet bag containing plates and dishes on
the handle of it, and actually placed another
door against it.       This couldn t be effected
without some row, and Mrs. Kinnie, opening
her door, caught Cahill at work.            I went
to bed soon after this, about 2 and, an hour
after, was waited upon by Ledger.     They
wanted my lamp, with the friendly purpose
of entering Boweryem s room and burnt-
corking the little victim s face.     But when
the impediments had been removed, Bob Gun,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page ninety-five
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne, Mrs.; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.