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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 177, August 7-10, 1858

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Identifier: DX03555893

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 177, August 7-10, 1858

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's drinking ''spree.''


[Sol] Eytinge, [A.T.] Whiting &c at the door. Round to Pic Office with [Frank] Bellew, then returned Bowerywards, tired and illish.

8. Sunday. In-doors. A walk in the evening.

9. Monday. To Doctor. Phonograph. An afternoon walk, during which I met [A.F.] Banks. Writing till midnight.

10. Tuesday. Returned from an early morning’s walk, [Frank] Cahill came into my room blaming himself for a “b____y fool,” having been on a drunken spree with [Bob] Gun, lasting till 5 this morning. He, Cahill, seems to have been working pretty steadily of late, writing Charades &c for a speculative publisher. Says he’s got a check for $90, payment. So he went off to get the money. Phonography. Drawing on wood till evening, then out. Dropping in at [George] Arnold’s I found my respectable namesake in a state of imbecile drunkenness, just going out with [Jack] Sears, Arnold’s chum. Cahill and Arnold had just stepped out for supper and presently returned, both drunk, Cahill extremely so though not to Gun’s extent. It seemed they had got the money, Cahill came back to [132] Bleecker St, paid Mrs [Catharine] Potter $20, bought himself a $12 coat, and then joining the others continued yesternights debauch. They had a woodcock-and-wine dinner at Mataran’s, drank claret, champagne and port, bought apples and peaches in the streets and pelted people with them. Gun they dropped at a tavern. Risking getting apprehended more than once in Broadway for their generally conspicuous behaviour, the “spree” had continued to the present time. These details had hardly been told before a “lady” visitor to Arnold was announced. “Guess it’s Heloise!” says somebody. So we left. Cahill then declared he must go to “his girl.” I wan-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-07

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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