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        Cahill; Shepherd, Watson and their
                       social relations.
ces in the attics.    Cahill hardly does any of
his work on the Times, Watson performing it
for him, writing the theatrical notices and the
military items; Cahill watching his opportunity
and sending up Watson s  copy  when Wilson,
(the editor who has demanded sight of it) is out
of the way.      Cahill devotes his time to loafing
and drunkenness, returning Watson s services
by bringing upstairs meals for him, for which
he pays Mrs Boley, who would have turned
Watson out of the house three weeks ago but
for Shepherd s representations that if she did,
Cahill wouldn t be able to pay for his board.
Watson himself dares not show his face at the
Times Office since his being sent off to report
Porter s mortar expedition, when he got $100
from the paper, went as far as Annapolis and
no farther, being withheld from sailing 
by sheer cowardice.    Of course he
squandered the money.   So he is now Cahill s
hack and paying indirectly for his past ras-
cality.   He grumbles and Edge sympa-
thizes.       Shepherd diversifies a life of dreary
loafing with the production of an occasional
poem which he sells to Harper s for perhaps
$15, when he gets moodily drunk until the
money is exhausted.    Edge likens him to Ed-
gar Poe!       Both Cahill and Shepherd have
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page twelve
Description:Describes gossip about his fellow boarders at 132 Bleecker Street.
Date:1862-10-06
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York times.; Poe, Edgar Allan; Poetry; Porter, David D.; Shepherd, N.G.; Watson, Frederick; Wilson (editor)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.