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                        Philip Ripley.
below which were little puddles of molasses.
Dined, alone, at Galpin s.     Loafing at the St.
Charles with Howell, Hayes, Ripley and others.
Ripley attached himself peculiarly to me, when
he was either sober or drunk, the other fellows
disliking him for his scarcely disguised Seces-
sion principles   or rather sentiments.  He had
lived in New Orleans for some years before the
war, knew most people and had been attached,
I believe to the N. O. Picayune, the leading paper
of the city.     A very able newspaper writer and
a likeable fellow, all his valuable qualities
were ruined by drunkenness.  He would get so
deplorably inebriated as literally to tumble
in the gutters, presenting a most disgusting spec-
tacle.      He lived as a  dead head  at the St.
Charles, where the landlord knew him.  Every-
body expected that Ripley would kill himself
with brandy.     Sometimes he d stagger into the ro-
tunda and sit in a perfectly sodden condition,
stupefied in one of the chairs, being with difficulty
prevailed upon to go to his room.     Once they
locked him in it, but he got out, through the
fanlight over the door, and was absent from
the hotel for a day or two, being brought home
crazy with delirium tremens.         He had lost
a very good position on the Evening Post from this
habit, and through a friend s interest, had got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes Philip Ripley.
Date:1862-12-24
Subject:Civil War; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Howell; Journalism; New Orleans picayune.; New York evening post.; Ripley, Philip
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

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.