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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 206, September 17-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX03575312

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 206, September 17-18, 1858

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's night out at the opera with friends.


up stairs and saw him [Frank Cahill] to bed, looking into [Bob] Gun’s room by the way. Gun was abed and shammed sleep. It proved that Cahill had been mulishly obstinate in his resolve not to go to roost, that Gun fearing he’d follow him did he attempt to rejoin us, had left him on another doorstep and gone home himself. Cahill had been to the Opera with Sol Eytinge and [Mortimer] Thomson; all of the party — so Cahill says — were drunk before they went there. Doesticks went into the Tribune office — the sale room — wanted to borrow $5, bullied the pay-master on his refusing, got the money — had a friendly boxing match with Sol in the street, rode up town with the others in the omnibus and flared up generally. Little [Thomas] Nast was with them — drunk also. How they separated Cahill couldn’t recollect. He remembers introducing himself and being introduced to a number of people, Maretzek, Massett (Pipes of Pipesville) etc., going to sleep on the stairs or elsewhere, and being woke up by one of the employees shutting up the theatre. He’s not slept at home this two nights.

18. Saturday. Cahill remorseful — a little so. Talked to him a bit. To Spring St Post Office. Yesterday, before entering Harper’s, I met Colonel [Hugh] Forbes. He looked not the trim ex-military man I knew once, displayed a yesterday’s beard and was shabby generally. In the afternoon over to [James] Parton’s. Went with Grace [Eldredge] to the Thomson’s in the evening. Doesticks’ pretty little wife [Anna Thomson] has been quite sick having kept her bed for some weeks — this day being the first upon which she had abandoned it. She looked very poorly, her face quite thin. I judge she is

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-09-17

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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