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	     Talk about him.
fellow!  I won t throw stones at him.     A
ruined life is too piteous a thing to be barked
at in brute anger   only the cruel and mean, or
the unthinking, will do that, and there s plenty
of them to undertake the job.        He had better
have maimed himself   almost have commit-
ted suicide.   Then we could have sorrowed for
him without shame, now every little noisome
cur can vilify him and we hardly say them
nay.
  15.  Thursday.  Writing, principally the
preceding twelve pages.  Down-town in the after-
noon, to  Momus  and the  Nic-nax  offices.   Wri-
ting in the evening.        I met Billington and
subsequently Morris, in the afternoon, and pas-
sed a good many people I knew, as Mort. Thom-
son, Hillard (Frank) and Ware, who goes
to Europe, for a long stay, on Saturday, as he
informed me when I encountered him in Bleeck-
er Street, a couple of days ago.     Very miserable
during the latter half of the day about Cahill.
  Of course all the people know it in this house.
The odious  Doctor  (Kinne), as they call him and
his abominable wife have been exulting over it,
to the anger of the rest of the folks.      Our ex-peri
of the privy, as we used to call her, took an oppor-
tunity over the breakfast table, subsequent to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page thirty-two
Description:Regarding talk about Frank Cahill at his boarding house.
Date:1860-06-14
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Ware, John
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker 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.