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	       More tipsy Fooleries.
going up to my room, discovered that my bed
had been converted into what in England boys
call  an apple-pies  one.    So I determined on
humors of revenge and made two heaps of Morris
and Cahill s bed-clothes in their
respective rooms, strewing a few man-traps in
the shape of upset chairs &c., about.      Then I
went to bed.      Meantime the fellows kept it up below
considerably.   I could hear Boweryem  singing.   When
he went to bed, a little inebriated, if not more so,
Ledger proposed entering his room and stealing
his pocket-book and watch.       On attempting they
found his door locked.     So Cahill knocked again
and again, until the neighboring door opened and
Mrs. Kinnie appeared, denouncing the doings of
the party and inquiring  if, after they had made
that poor little Devil drunk, they couldn t leave
him alone and let people go to sleep?   Cahill
insisting on knocking, she threatened to throw water
over him and brought her pitcher.        He kept on,
intending if she fulfilled her threat to enter her
room and to assault the Doctor, who lay still in
bed and wouldn t stir, for all his wife s exhorta-
tions, which Boweryem heard to great advantage.
She talked about  them devils,  declared that Bowery-
em s life wasn t safe among  em, denouncing par-
ticularly  that Tom Gunn,  probably thinking the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.
Date:1860-03-24
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper)
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.