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	             At Pfaff s.
Ledger at the  Optimus  at 11 or later they
must needs see him to the Everett, dropping into
numerous taverns by the way.     At Pfaff s they
encountered Wood (poor-young-man Wood) O Brien
and Arnold, the latter very drunk.             O Brien
was tacitly insolent and offensive on Cahill s ap-
pearance.   (He wants to fasten a quarrel on him,
supposing him his physical inferior, consequently
an easy victory.     Indeed he has always entertained
a Celtic grudge against Cahill since the spar-
ring-match at Hoboken, on the day of our pic-nic,
when Cahill had rather the better of it, to the
openly expressed satisfaction of everybody.)  But
nothing came of it, last night, beyond a little chaff
at O B s expense.      After he and Wood had drank
at Ledger s cost, they assumed the supercilious and
the former wanted to know in a side whisper, who
that was?      As Ledger is quite capable of thrashing
both of  em, perhaps it s as well he didn t hear
the inquiry.      Cahill and Shepherd got home at
about 3, both drunk.            In-doors all the after-
noon till sunset, then in Washington Square
with Cahill.        Boweryem, Morris, Cahill
and Pat Phillips up in my room after tea; a
bottle of champagne purveyed by the former.   To
Bartow s by 9.        Miss Waite, Maguire and Led-
ger there.      Stayed till 11.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes a scene at Pfaff's.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Pfaff's (New York, N.Y.); Phillips; Shepherd, N.G.; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.