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a talk about it, in Cahill it was next to a
joke.     The thing was in keeping, expected of
him.     When, too, they are guilty of downright crim-
inality, we remember their agreable qualities
and judge them leniently.   Of all roads to li-
king, easy good humor and pleasant manners
are perhaps the surest.   If I did a villany
people would say harder things of me than of
Cahill.              Our landlady brought me his
portfolio or writing-case t other day and amid
a farrage of litter, of fragmentary stories and
dramas, reportorial notes and scribblings of
himself and George Arnold, I found the follow-
ing.      It is apropos of his fancy for pretty
Matty Edwards,   a brief synopsis of a short
story he intended writing:
   Frank Carleton is in love with Lizzie Dal-
ton.   She is in love with him, a tacit understand-
ing existing to that effect, nothing having been
said on either side.        Frank is wild and would
offer his hand, only he can t afford marriage.
A dear, good, kind friend informs Franks pa-
rents that Frank is the very devil in disguise.
He is forbidden the house.   His remorse & des-
troys (sic in orig.) little things of Lizzie s.   They
eventually meet and she is married.      Kisses
him and leaves the room. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page thirty-seven
Description:Regarding a synopsis of a story Frank Cahill intended on writing about his infatuation with Matty Edwards.
Date:1860-06-15
Subject:Arnold, George; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women; Writing
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.