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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 228, September 16-18, 1857

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Identifier: DX03801124

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 228, September 16-18, 1857

Description: Describes a talk with A.F. Banks and Frank Cahill.


some verses, and by G_d it was no use talking &c; there was no wit like Irish wit; he [A.F. Banks] knew he, himself, had written a d____d bad book; and he wasn’t a successful man; he wanted to be goodnatured; he might die any day. This with a world of contradiction, meanness, vacillation, ill temper, false humility and rot did Banks pour into [Frank] Cahill’s ears, I sitting listening, not joining in it, with a whimsical sense of how little Banks had altered – and how far I’ve grown beyond believing in him. Cahill reaped a little irritation, and Banks got a drink at his expense.

17. Thursday. Writing. Down town in the afternoon, to [Frank] Leslie’s & Pic Offices. Writing at night. [Frank] Pounden up. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur, Rawson [Gill] and May [Gouverneur] are in the house, temporarily.

18. Friday. Down town calls, then to Pounden’s Office. Up town in omnibus. Drawing all the afternoon and evening. / There’s an ill-looking, ungrammatical, coarse-voiced man named Merrick boarding in this house. He and [Willis] Patten got to talking abuse of England this evening over the tea table, expressing gratification at the Seypoy atrocities and wishing that every Anglo-Indian might be massacred. With Patten’s stolid, dogmatic face and harsh brattling voice — the confab was very characteristic. Damn both of them! Got a letter from [Alfred] Waud. Departure put off a week — as usual. A letter from George Bolton, which I got par accidens, at the Post Office. He writes in friendly

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-09-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century


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