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	           More Foolery.
stealing in, found him awake.        So he and
Cahill returned to Ledger s room, fell to
drinking and burnt corking each other s faces,
rolling on the floor and making Ledger s bed,
which had been removed to it, in a conceivable
mess.       All this I learnt afterwards, hearing
only a noise occasionally and, about 3 1/2 or 4,
Cahill stumbling to bed in the dark.       I read
a chapter of Jim s book and then, thinking of
sundry things, got to sleep.                There were
expended in this debauch 12 bottles of claret,
four of sherry, three of whiskey and a gallon
and a half of ale!
  10.  Saturday.   Writing &c.    Out in the
afternoon with Bob Gun.    Bath and chores
in the evening.    Damoreau came; lost his watch
overnight, going home, worth perhaps $30.    To
the Optimus for ale, Ledger, Corbin, Damo-
reau, I and subsequently Cahill.              The
latter stole another dog this morning, from a
locksmith s whither he had gone to get something
done for Bob Gun.         The animal was announced
to our landlady as  one of Shepher d dogs, 
we having fabled about little Shepherd s canine
predilections, asserting that he owns a dozen
of them, that he brings home rats for them, in
his pockets, and once got expelled from a boar-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page ninety-six
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Corbin; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dogs; Drunkenness; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; 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.