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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 157, April 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02940911

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 157, April 14, 1860

Description: Describes a singing party at his boarding house and the financial troubles of Vanity Fair.



A singing Party. The Vanity Fairians.

presently sending out for two and a half gallon’s of Optimus ale in a gigantic demi-john. [Frank] Cahill fetched it.x A good deal of mirth and melody, Rondel doing the Marseillaise &c, [George] Boweryem his vocalizing, Cahill his, I mine, and Hayes some amusingly cockney, plebeian ones. It was a very amusing impromptu jollification. I think thought [Jesse] Haney was went into the humor of it with just a spice of recklessness, and in connection with it, of his ordinary drudgery, “Irving Magazine” depletions, his bachelor-hood and of a recent disappointment not yet quite got over. And I understood it and sympathized with him. Sally [Edwards]’s rejection may not have “cut him deep,” but he has felt it sadly enough, at times. There are rumors that “Vanity Fair” is coming to grief; the fellows are not paid up regularly; neither editor not contributor got their any money last Saturday. A projected spree to Clover Hill, at the back of Brooklyn, organized by [Charles] Gayler, who puffs the place in the “Courier,” didn’t take place, in consequence of lack of money on the part of the Bohemians, to Gayler’s growling dissatisfaction. Nobody came to eat the op expensive dinner ordered. [Fitz James] O’Brien is in a bad way, drunk four days together, subject to delirium tremens. He got turned out or had to leave the Hone House, where

x He asked, gravely, at first, for a pint (!) at the bar!

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-04-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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