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            Cahill s London Experiences.
others must be paid inspired him with the
idea of going to England, which occurred, he avers,
only on Friday.       He had knocked down the
major part of the money, (amounting in all, he
says to $200 only) previous to his departure,
but he characteristically took a first class passage,
arriving in London, via Liverpool with
but  3 in his pocket.  (He booked himself by
the way as Frank Stedman   the relation of which
made me laugh.)     In London he visited his
aunt and sister, the second of whom cried and
embraced him; but the first gave him the coldest
of receptions, amounting almost to turning him
out of doors.     Why? I asked.    He professed not
to know, unless in consequence of his not having
written to her.   (I judge  there is causes and oc-
casions. )      His sister wanted to give him  5,
which he would not accept; he refrained from
visiting her and she wrote to him.       She is whol-
ly dependant upon her aunt, whose circumstances
appear to be limited enough.       When Cahill
quitted England, his sister was ignorant of it.
He could get no employment, lived in coffee-
houses, looked in the advertising columns of the
London papers in the hopes that something might
turn up, finally becoming utterly destitute.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page forty-two
Description:Relates Frank Cahill's tale of his time in London.
Date:1861-03-30
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; London, [England]; Liverpool, [England]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.