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	  A Supper at Mrs. Potter s.
Haney remarked Arnold s very characteristic
behavior to his former chum and sworn brother.
The tendency of all this miserable  Bohemianism 
is to dull and debase both intellect and appeti-
tes   to produce an entire atheism to all but
 easy  achievement of money, to be squandered in
drinking and whoring.              Yesternight, Cahill,
going to the familiar brothel which he and Bob
Gun frequented (that where  Dellie  and  Bell 
lived at) partly out of curiosity about these wo-
men, either found or accompanied the young
depraved ass Wood and the  poet  (!) William
Winter there.     Cahill came away, but they
remained all night.             George Arnold goes
regularly to his brothel on Saturday night, to
stay till Monday morning.           These be the
rising  litterateurs  of New York who are
to make their mark, God wot!             Supped
with Haney, Hayes the scene-painter, his
wife mother and sister at table   also Gladdy
(now in his ugly-hood as a young man) Leslie
and wife, Miss Cooper and Mrs. Potter.
The Kings and Eldredges being gone, the
table seemed scantily surrounded.             To
745 with Haney.        He was going to accom-
pany Mort and Cliff Thomson to a fight  
a pugilistic encounter, meeting them at the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes having dinner at Mrs. Potter's boarding house.
Date:1860-05-27
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Brothels; Cahill, Frank; Clemo, Isabella; Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes (painter); Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; St. Orme, Adelle; Thomson, Clif; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Winter, William; Wood, Frank
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.