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       F. Wood has  gathered of the ripest. 
row s  Courier,  but was funnily baffled.   As,
disappointed, he turned his head, George Arnold,
with scarcely room to do it, put his thumb to his
nose and gyrated his fingers.       It was very lu-
dicrous.     Gayler and another man were there;
they came in after me.          The triumvirate
trooped off, and so did I, up-townwards.
  Walt Whitman, Winter, Mullen, a friend
of Wilkins and others were present at Pfaffs
on the night of the row, besides the persons I 
have mentioned.     Frank Wood didn t happen
to be there.      Which promising young man, in
company with George Arnold, is suffering from
commerce with the Doll Tearsheets which the
whole fraternity of Bohemians habitually fre-
quent.      I am familiar with the names of half
a dozen of these women, mostly colored pros-
titutes, from their frequent mention, by Shep-
herd.   I hear of Winter and Mullen being
 drunk round at 30,  night after night,
with no end of edifying details, such as John-
son may have heard of and witnessed in company
with wild, worthless Dick Savage, a hundred
years ago.                    Apropos of George Arnold,
when he was rusticating at the Phalanx last
summer, he made love to the girl Giles has since
married  as he does to every girl he gets a chance
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-five
Description:Mentions various news items about the Bohemians.
Date:1860-07-07
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Briggs, Charles F.; Brothels; Gayler, Charles; Giles, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mullen, Edward F.; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Shepherd, N.G.; Whitman, Walt; Winter, William; Wood, Frank
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.