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	   Ugly Facts coming out
more than I do.    There has been a perfect cul-
mination of drinking and whoring, of late,
among the whole worthless crowd.    Shepherd
derived his particulars from the mistress of
the brothel where these girls live; young as he
is, he is an occasional visitor to such.        And
Abrahams told me, Cahill had in one day
spent $7 for drinks at Crook and Duffs.
He has the reputation of a liar, but may
speak truth in this particular.      Cahill s
 Mercury  rascality amounted to more than we
supposed; to $50.    Bellew,
always a friend to him, helped him out of the
scrape, I suppose gave him ^|some of| the money to com-
promise the affair, which is known to but few
persons.           Men of Cahill s stomp always
experience a good deal of assistance, their
temperament appeals to people, their incapacity
to walk the right line of life seems to demand
as help, which they are content to accept from
the inferior position of dependents, unconsciously
gratifying the latent feeling of patronage in the
breast of their relievers.         A dangerous license,
too, is accorded them; they may do things which
would provoke severe censure on others with
almost impunity.       Were I to appear drunk at
a boarding-house table, there d be a devil of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page thirty-five
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's extravagant spending.
Date:1860-06-15
Subject:Abrahams; Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Brothels; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Shepherd, N.G.
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.