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trast was this incident to the social cloacoe around
me; if I were damned in hell and could
obtain a glimpse of her in the Heaven that she
is so sure of, it could not be greater.             Ca-
hill and Edge were at the table, having been to
see the little Watson off.     Cahill was drunk
and lewd-spoken.             Upstairs, awhile alone,
then came up Edge, Boweryem and same time
afterwards, Cahill.            Making anti-slavery
drawing for Edge, anon compiling.      A drench-
ing, dreary, wild, night out of doors,
the rain descending in torrents, the streets
almost ghastly in their midnight aspect from
my attic window.
  20.  Thursday.  Did two more sketches for
Edge (who shared Cahill s bed last night),
which he obtained by 2, then scribblings till
sunset.     In doors all day.
  21.  Friday.   Going into Cahill s room this
morning with his newspaper, found him with
Davenport ( Dolly ) the actor, who had come home
with him at about 3 in the morning, after an
evening at the theatre, with drunkenness to follow.
This Davenport is a round-faced, uglyish, com-
mon-faced young man, with the stage suavity char-
acterizing actors in his address.     He talked ex-
treme sympathy with Gordon the slaver-captain, con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and forty
Description:Mentions making an anti-slavery drawing for Frederick Edge.
Date:1862-02-19
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Davenport, Adolphus; Drawing; Edge, Frederick; Gordon, Nathanial; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Slavery; Watson, Frederick
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.