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	The Panurge of 132 Bleecker.
down-stairs in his usual pay-day condition, that
he had sent out for ale and desired my presence.
So I went, finding Jewitt and Softly in the
basement, beside the big stove, and Cahill, alterna-
tely merry and owlish, sitting in the reverse of
the usual position, on a chair.      Mrs Boley was
present, also.     We gossipped and drank.        I
learnt that the Gearys, stepmother and daughter,
had been up stairs, that evening, nominally to vi-
sit the Leahys, really to obtain a bonnet and
shawl of Mrs G s, left as pawn for $5 default
in payment for board   which the charming
little Anglo-Irishwoman didn t succeed in ef-
fecting, Mrs B. having  lost the key of the clo-
set  in which said articles were deposited. (!) Sub-
sequently we had welsh rarebits and more ale,
Cahill inculcating sobriety as the chief of the
virtues to the messenger, Jimmy, a nondescript
Irishman, a hanger-on to this establishment.
Cahill presently partially disappeared from sight
behind the table, sang stanzas and chorusses of 
patriotic songs, discoursed an infinite amount of
nothing and worse, and by 12, Softly and I
got him upstairs to bed.    I turned the key on him
after seeing him lay down, but he heard it, made
a row at Softly s door and went out for more
ale, to return I know not when   anyway he
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page sixty-six
Description:Describes a night spent drinking with Frank Cahill and other boarders.
Date:1861-11-15
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Drunkenness; Geary, Mina; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Jimmy; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; Softly
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker
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.