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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 183, August 16-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX03560954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 183, August 16-18, 1858

Description: Comments on the first trans-Atlantic telegraph.


life-time. To me, whose faith in the achievements of man has always been large and hopeful, the incredulity of most folks about this enterprise has been surprising. Not an American, excepting perhaps [Jesse] Haney, do I know, who believed in it’s success. Only yesterday “Doesticks” [Mortimer Thomson] was denouncing it to me as a humbug; my Doctor as quite edifying, a week ago on his skepticism. I suppose the majority are always inclined to be on the old world, conservative side; if the thing fail they then pride themselves on their superior sagacity, if it be a success every body is so well pleased that all croakings and croakers are forgotten. I’ve noticed this in relation to the friends or attendants on sick people. Shakes of the head and “I don’t think he’ll live!” has established the reputation of innumerable Mrs Gamps! [Frank] Cahill and [Jack] Sears in [Robert] Gun’s room. The two forme first and last out subsequently drinking and burglar-chasing, in which Cahill got his breeches torn. This was at 2 A. M.

17. Tuesday. [Wardle] Corbyn up to invite me to a day’s fishing. Going round to [George] Arnold’s to notify him also, in company with Cahill, they went to a tavern, met Gun, and fell to drinking. Cahill came back about 4, drunk — he had not recovered, at breakfast time, from his last nights debauch. In doors at Phonography and scribbling till evening. Talking with Mrs Church after supper, and subsequently walked down town with her and Mrs [Catharine] Potter, to see the illuminations, but we were two hours behind time.

18. Wednesday. Down town early. To Frank Leslie’s, in the editorial room. Old [Thomas] Powell telling slanderous lies about [Charles] Dickens. To Pic Office. Return up town. Writing till mid-night

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-08-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Telegraph
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
19th century


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