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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 170, December 12, 1859

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Identifier: DX03151579

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 170, December 12, 1859

Description: Describes the scene at his boarding house.



interior of the state, whither he [Thomas Nast] went for the purpose of sketching John Brown’s funeral, for a newly-started illustrated paper. [Jesse] Haney came in anon. I went to [E.H.] Chapins’ with Mr [George] Edwards and Matty [Edwards], returning to the house subsequently. (It was pleasant to be singing out of the same hymn book with Matty.) [James] Morris dropped in about 10 1/2 and we came away together.

In Bob Gun’s room I found him, [Frank] Cahill and the printer McCulloch, the two latter drunk, the former comparatively recovered from the same condition. I had looked in during the afternoon and found Cahill, Corbin, [N.G.] Shepherd and Mc Culloch at cards — euchre — [Bob] Gun being drunk on the bed, in the next room. There’s been enough of this, of late, and to spare. On the previous evening, at about 12, I found Cahill, Corbin, Billington, Miss [Lyddy] Fagan and Mrs [Susan] Boley in Bob Gun’s room, he having gone out. There was were whiskey, rum, claret and cards on the table. Cahill very drunk, Billington rather so, sitting on the sofa with his arm round the Irish “young lady’s” waist, and a pipe in his mouth. Mrs B appeared to have just come in. Corbin is in town hunting after a runaway negress servant, who has robbed him and his wife of upwards of $70 worth of clothes &c, hocking it as he sat at dinner, and going off by the last boat for New York.

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

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-12-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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