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	             And Flight.
Swinton came in (whom I had not seen since
he called on me in the  Constellation  days) and
John Angell Wood, who, with rounded eyes and per-
spiration beading his whiskers, commenced talking
on the topic   Cahill s obsconding.        And, going
up in to  Momus  office, Addey s first words were,
 What has become of Mr. Cahill?,  which I had
scarcely answered when, like one of Job s messengers,
enters little Boweryem, with,  I ve just heard
something very dreadful!        At Haney s, of
course the same topic.     Mrs. Levison had announ-
ced it to him with,  Well, Mr. Cahill has cut
his stick!  when Haney, shocked and grieved
by the news, went out, as he said, got
drunk   in other words took four brandy cock-
tails.      I stayed there perhaps an hour (during
which Smith of the  Courier  and another man
came in, and they talked of the one topic) and
then left with Haney.    As we passed Crook and
Duff s, there was John Wood retailing particu-
lars to O Brien, Frank Wood and Arnold, per-
haps others of the  Vanity Fair  troupe.   At first
I had proposed Haney should sup with me, but
on the suggestion that we should find the one
topic rampant at our table, we reversed the ar-
rangement and I went to 16th street.        Leslie
and his wife, Miss Cooper, Mrs. Potter at table,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page twenty-six
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill leaving for England with Mrs. Levison's money.
Date:1860-06-14
Subject:Addey; Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Cooper, Lucia; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.; Smith, James L.; Swinton, Alfred; Wood, Frank; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.