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               A deslotate Death-Bed.
into the arms of Death, but they suppressed it.
All went off in a coarse, unimpressive way, as
is commonly the case on such occasions and the
 Times  people spoke of the event in a semi-brutal,
matter-of-fact manner, bred out of the conviction
that it must have happened some time, be it to-
morrow or ten days hence.      Yesterday night, after
the death, they left Cahill alone with the body,
he says for three quarters of an hour, probably
half that time.    He says there was an immediate
offensive smell arising from it as though the al-
cohol in the system were going off or decomposing.
 Send us up some smoke,  Cahill said to Arms-
trong and the others (who had requested him to
wait there  for a minute or two, )  I must have
a smoke, or I shall get as nervous as h__l! 
He closed the eyes of the corpse and tied up the
jaw with a towel.          A dreary vigil and most
desolate death-bed!         The probably small and
inevitably barely-furnished room of the second-
rate hotel, common to everybody; 
the dead man, summoned from a life of tramping
hither and thither, of familiarity with New York
streets and faces, the night aspect of hot editorial
rooms, with their comers and goers, bar-rooms
and loafing-places, all of the world wordly   all
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Regarding the death of Charles Welden.
Date:1861-05-18
Subject:Armstrong; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York times.; Welden, Charles
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.