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	Hoaxing Boweryem and Cahill.
and he trusts to work it through.      Writing in
the afternoon.  Shepherd coming up and I nar-
rating to him the slander upon the beefy Leahy
(it appears that is the right way to spell the
name of the charming sisters   I had wondered
that its supposed orthography should not have a suggestion
of potheen and potatoes about it) we devise hu-
mors of hoaxing there upon and incontinently com-
pose two letters, one purporting to be addressed
by  Martha Lee  to Cahill, entreating in the slop-
piest English, his championship, the other from
Cahill to Boweryem demanding an apology for
the alleged offence.  These I deposited on the 
mantel-piece of our parlor, just before the bell
rang for dinner.      Cahill did not appear at the
meal, but the letter for Boweryem was delivered
to him towards its conclusion, when he, never
distrusting its authenticity, handed it to me.   I
read it, said  Bosh!  and questioned Mrs Boley
about Cahill s condition &c.    Boweryem ascended
to my room where Shepherd and myself impro-
ved the occasion, the former commenting on the
enormity of the offence against the Irishry and
suggesting acceptation of the alternative proposed
  an apology.   The little man, though somewhat ap-
prehensive of having got himself into a scrape,
would see the Irishry d____d first.        Presently
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page sixty-two
Description:Describes jokes in the forms of fake letters played on George Boweryem and Frank Cahill by himself and N.G. Shepherd.
Date:1861-11-12
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; Practical jokes; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.