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	         Cahill and Watson.
and women got drunk on champagne and
the latter sang bawdy songs and exposed
their persons.    We spent the night in drinking
and talking bawdy   Heavens! what pleasure! 
  17.  Friday.   In doors all day, scribbling the
last six pages and an eleven-page letter to Bob Gun.
Dreary weather out of doors.
  18.  Saturday.   Going up-stairs, after breakfast,
at 9 o clock, looked into Cahill s room with the
newspaper and discovered him lying asleep, dressed
and in his (or rather Shepherd s) overcoat, upon
the sofa; Watson beside him, on the floor; the
gas flaring, the fire burning, the bed unslept
in, the room hot and clammy.       He came
up to mine afterwards and told how he had
come home perfectly sober, as I partly knew, at
night, and was going to bed at 11, when a boy
is was dispatched to summons him to a Hous-
ton street tavern, by Armstrong.     The two stay-
ed there, getting riotously drunk, until 4 in the
morning, Watson joining them.     They had their
coats off once, for the purposes of fighting some-
body.     The row began by a person vilifying Wat-
son as a scoundrel and swindler   probably for
good and particular reasons.   He retorted
sarcastically, provoking his accuser to strike him,
when Glover interfered in his behalf and a general
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Regarding a brawl involving Frederick Watson at the House of Commons tavern.
Date:1862-01-16
Subject:Actors; Armstrong; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Glover, Thad; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House of Commons (New York, N.Y.); Shepherd, N.G.; Watson, Frederick; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston Street
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.