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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 214, May 2, 1859

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Identifier: DX03367074

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 214, May 2, 1859

Description: Describes the scene at his boarding house as new boarders move in, and a visit to Catharine Potter's new boarding house.


that he [Henry Clapp] wouldn’t be lengthy in response. It was done jocularly and he affected to take it well, but it subsequently appeared that he and O’B [Fitz James O’Brien] had arranged a little programe which I inadvertently upset. Clapp’s strong point among the asses who pretend to admire him is his speechmaking. To Post and Pic Offices. [George] Arnold came up in the latter, his face blazing scarlet with intoxication. Said he hadn’t been sober since Saturday morning, gave particulars of his three days “drunk” which may be very well omitted. A companion with him, one West. Bob Gun up — drunk, too. I left them at Crook and Duffs after two glasses of ale and one of sherry. Up town, to supper in the old basement, which I’ve hardly entered for three years or near, since the time when Sol Eytinge & Will Waud occupied it. It was queer to recognize the old closet where I kept my books &c. New boarders, two or three of the present — jocular. Landlady’s son [Albert Boley], a young fellow of perhaps 21. Upstairs something of a carnival going on, Anna Bradbury thundering away on her piano, women boarders in high glee in the dining room, others going throughout the house, admiring its spacius proportions. Up to 16th stret by 9 or so, to Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s new house. Certainly a small one, otherwise well enough. She pays $1300 a year, $100 more than her last venture. Saw most of the folks, Kate & Glady [Gouverneur] awaiting me on the threshold. [William] Leslie was there, having characteristically picked out one of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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