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	Cahill s probably future.
something which, I suppose, will make everybody
down upon me,  when he broached his project
of starting a cheap, comic monthly, as we wal-
ked, one night, to Bellew s.       Might he now
have been speculating on his recent crime?)
But I can feel nothing but sorrow and com-
miseration for the miserable fellow, now.
I ve not much money but I d have given every
cent of it to have saved him.     What a wret-
ched, lonely life he ll lead in that great, merci-
less London!    who ll help or befriend him?
His family is broken up, he has but one
sister, who lies in Ireland, and whom he
never wrote to, though I often poked him up
about it and repeatedly got him to promise
it.        He ll visit the few people he knew, be
a day or two s wonder and then find no
work, for there that word means steady in-
dustry, for which his free-and-easy New
York life has utterly unfitted him.    Then he ll
sink into a shabby, raffish, lonely coffee-house
and tavern-hunting life and God knows
what miseray.    Years may pass before we
hear anything of him, but some waif of intel-
ligence will be cast up by the sea of circum-
stance in the future.      Somebody will meet or
see him.       God pity and help the miserable
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page thirty-one
Description:Speculates about Frank Cahill's future.
Date:1860-06-14
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.