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              Cahill s Reportorial Doings.
tioned, had champagne with the officers and a
row commencing between the soldiers and civilians,
Cahill got excited and pitched in   as it happened,
on the wrong side   insomuch that the captain or colo-
nel found it necessary to lay him on his back, on
the side-walk.    Subsequently they treated him to
more champagne, begged him, rather superfluous-
ly, to say nothing about the row in his report, and
dismissed him.            Two days back, he had bribes
to the amount of $20 offered him, by the company
of Billy Mulligan, ex-pugilist and convict, who
is captain; the  officers  handing him four five dol-
lar gold-pieces, not for any stipulated service; though
of course they expected an equivalent in puffing or
suppressing, as the case might be.      Cahill returned
the money, refusing to accept it, though it was a 
good deal of a temptation.        I think he acted pru-
dently, to put it on no higher grounds, as had the
affair come to Raymond s ears, it might have
cost Cahill his situation.    On telling his cousin
of it, Seymour informed him he was a d____d fool
not to have pocketted the cash.      There s any 
amount of bribery done in New York journalism,
even to ommitting police-reports.          A drenching
night out of doors, Haney, Cahill, Boweryem and
I, in my room, reading and talking.      Presently
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Mentions military companies trying to bribe Frank Cahill to write favorable reports of them.
Date:1861-05-10
Subject:Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; Military; Mulligan, Billy; Raymond, Henry J.; Seymour, Charles (Bailey)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.