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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 242, May 21-22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03390086

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 242, May 21-22, 1859

Description: Describes a night out drinking with a group of Bohemians.


my week's board. The drunkard [Bob Gun] had kept the money till the close of the office for h me, when finding I didn't appear and being with "the boys" he had squandered all but $3! I'm to get it "on Monday." Left Gun & Tracy at their door, [George] Arnold following, [Charles] Gayler taking down-town omnibus on his way to Long Island, where he lives. A close raw, wet mist everway, muddy streets, everything miserable, had a temporary feeling as if this earth might be hell. Thoughts of Chacombe, of Hannah [Bennett] and of God. Let me blaze away at [phonography] and in six months I can qualify myself for verbatim reporting, which will put me above the dire necessity of dependence on two-penny ha’penny degradations. Then I eschew such scenes, marry as dear and earnest a woman as lives and do such work as God has given me ability to. To bed with that resolution and not without something like a prayer for the fellows in whose company I'd been "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do!" Christ would have pitied and yearned over them.

22. Sunday. Chores &c; weather still wet and gloomy, but clearing up by 4 in the afternoon. To 16th street. In [Jesse] Haney's room half an hour when [James] Parton came up; all three talked awhile then out together, down the 5th Avenue, the sunlight coming out brightly and the trees luxuriant in their spring verdure. Had tea, toast and cresses pleasantly together, at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Shorthand
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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