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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 144, November 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03121488

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 144, November 22, 1859

Description: Describes a drinking party at his boarding house.

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quarters for three days last week, ending on Saturday. He [George Arnold] appeared at our supper table [132 Bleecker St.] on Thursday, rather drunk, in high spirits and handsomish. Adjourning to Bob Gun’s room subsequently, Giles, Tracy and presently [Arthur] Ledger and Abrahams dropped in. Over some abominable whiskey — Gun got 6 bottles of it from an advertiser, presenting me with one, of which I didn’t drink a drop — they had a regular Bohemian evening talking of nothing but spreeing, drunkenness and bawdry. I spent an hour and a half studying it. [Frank] Cahill got intoxicated with fatally eager celerity, when his conversation was nothing but cultss obscenity, folly, blasphemy and stories of past misdoings. Arnold his chair tilted against the wall, cigar in mouth, his face flushed with the afternoon’s potations, did his share of laughing and talking. He and Cahill alluded again and again to [N.G.] Shepherd’s returning to New York to find his mother and sister dead, characterizing it as “a bloody lark” and laughing incoherently. This was done half out of bravado, half out of liquor. Brothel adventures were narrated, without number. The last time Arnold was in town he lost his hat under a sofa in one of these places, said

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-11-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Brothels
Diaries
Drinking of alcoholic beverages

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