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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 146, November 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03123068

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 146, November 22, 1859

Description: Regarding a story about Mr. Giles.



he [George Arnold] looked for it and “took it for a rat” — an allusion to his being near “Del. Trem.” as they call Delirium Tremens. The debauchery and dissipation these fellows have seen! Days of it together, travelling from brothel to brothel and tavern to tavern. A droll story of Giles, who is a quiet fellow with an enormous moustache, but otherwise scant of hair. He does not drink, having “sworn off” for twelvemonths — and kept his oath. He went into an undertakers’ — the one in Carmine St — and said he wanted to look at some coffins, with the gravest of faces. Young woman asked him what size. He said He didn’t know, looked first at one, then another, finally at childrens coffins, just as though the article were for ornament or luxury. The girl wanted to laugh terribly, when he left her. [Frank] Cahill told an absurd story of his being in a hack carriage waiting for Arnold and others to join him. Driver became impatient, insisted on leaving, kept putting Cahill (who tried to prevent him starting) out of the vehicle, into which the inebriate climbed again and again, with a drunkards pertinacity, until the man consented to convey him to Wallack’s theatre, into which he passed and did not return.

Considerable talk of “30” Greene Street where “Bella [Clemo]” and “Adelle [St. Orme]” reside. Both

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-11-22

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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