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       Cahill s Misery, Dishonesty and
things that would make my hair stand on
end about  Don Arturo,  whom he believes
will shortly arrive in New York.     Ledger,
however, contributed 15 shillings to Cahill s re-
turn, 5 present in hand, then 10 more, advan-
ced at Ledger s instance by Bob Gun.    Bob
would give Cahill a sovereign at a time, which
I ve no doubt he made little hesitation in accep-
ting.       The behavior of both Gun and Bel-
lew Cahill designates as  princely.    He sought
out Bellew s lodgings, watched the windows with-
out venturing to call and was finally accosted
by Bellew and his wife in the street, and car-
ried home with them to dinner.   They lived in
lodgings, of course; I fancy Cahill was often
a visitor; not so often though but that he
experienced enough of hunger and misery.  He
has been four days without food    walking
the London streets starving    he says.   Once,
desperate he filled a bag with bricks, stones and
rubbish and went boldly to a hotel in Fleet Street,
ordering bed and breakfast for four days, and
decamping when he fancied himself det suspected.
He talks vindictively against England, dislik-
ing the people and declaring that they  treated
him shamefully.    He would go instantly and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page forty-four
Description:Relates Frank Cahill's tale of his time in London.
Date:1861-03-30
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Ledger, Arthur; Poverty
Coverage (City/State):London, [England]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Fleet Street
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.