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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 18, October 26-28, 1857

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Identifier: DX03416481

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 18, October 26-28, 1857

Description: Describes George Arnold and Frank Cahill's night out drinking.


wishing to get his [Frank Bellew’s] trunks &c from the house in 27th street, has it’s key refused him by a watchman who demands $50 and odd for “protecting” the house, during the six weeks absence of the family. Bellew, by a lawyers advice breaks open the door. [Frank] Cahill is about with him all day. [Jesse] Haney goes over to Brooklyn, stays all night. I decline accompanying him, intending to work, so read half the afternoon and sleep the rest, and in the evening Cahill and [George] Arnold came up and find me drawing, or preparing to draw in Haney’s room — my fire having gone out for the third time. They had been drinking with Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson], Sol Eytinge and Krauth, one of the “Mercury” proprietors, and both were — as Cahill would phrase it rather “bosky.” First they had drunk in a Spruce street cellar, imbibing white wine a sort of be-devilled vinegar; then adjourned to Goslings where they supped and Arnold stole a plated spoon and asked the waitresses whether they didn’t come from the north of Ireland? Quitting the others they rushed into shops and priced things on Broadway, where Arnold bought a dandy sword cane. When they came up to me Cahill’s condition was pretty evident, but Arnold only talked more than usual. Cahill lay on Haney’s bed, got a fit of hiccuping and we put him through the multiplication table which he repeated in an exceedingly drunken manner. But it cured his hiccups. Then he got two-thirds out of window, which he closed guillotine fashion, kicking his legs up violently within the room. (They are excessively meager legs, and Cahill is always funnily demonstrative with them, when drunk.) Arnold left at 11, saying he’d got to get shaved. Cahill went to bed, where, as I learnt afterwards,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-10-28

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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