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           The Friendship of the Wicked.
many know of that business.            As an illus-
tration of Bohemian friendship, I must chroni-
cle a saying of Arnold s about Cahill, subsequent
to the discovery of the defalcation:  He had better
cut his throat, now!  said he.       There s a most
dreadful and damnable isolated selfishness at
the root of that phase of life, notwithstanding its
pretence of good fellowship and sociality in sin.
They whore and drink together, say sharp things
in company of and at the expense of each other,
but let one succumb into tangible dishonesty they
bury him with an epigram or a bit of revolting and
affected cynicism for his epitaph.   It s like the
revelers in the Castle of Indolence.       Up town
and writing all the evening.     I m getting poor and
want to finish story for Harper s.
  11.  Wednesday.  Writing till 6, queer and sickish
in the morning.  Phillips (of the Illustrated News)
came up at 1, lunched with me and stayed half
an hour.     At 6 to 16th street, supped with Haney.
In his room with him and Larrison subsequently.
Out with Haney to Palace Garden; music, singing,
dancing, promenading, cigars and lager.  Met El-
dredge and his wife and Perkins.      Leaving, strol-
led down Broadway and into 745.         Sally and
Eliza there, the former practising on the piano, Matty
being with Jack, on an evening s visit to Captain
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-nine
Description:Gives his opinion on Bohemian friendships.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge; Eldredge, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Larason; Perkins; Searle, January (G. S. Phillips); Worth, Captain
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.