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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 23, November 3, 1857

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Identifier: DX03420615

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 23, November 3, 1857

Description: Describes a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.


a thing that looked like a wooden mace but was intended to “puddle” punch. The day was sunny, chill and dusty but very exhilarating and we were all in high spirits. Arrived at “the stairs,” after much chaffing the driver as to the breach of contract implied in his not making the horse draw us up, we mounted, lugging up baskets, bottles and demi-johns. Gaining the top, not without drinks by the way, we rambled amid the rocks and trees, presently finding a capital spot for our pic-nic. It was rather precipitous in front, pretty well wooded in the rear, and three or four monstrous boulders of rock formed a natural chimney, where we soon had a huge fire crackling, leaping and roaring. Everybody went gathering fuel — of which there was plenty — for half an hour, then got to eating sandwiches and promiscuous loafing till [Frank] Cahill came — with no news of [Frank] Bellew. Jumping matches followed, and by, I suppose, about 1 o’clock we all went to dinner. There was enough and to spare. [Fitz James] O’Brien had bidden his landlord cater for him, and the man had put up the roast fowls, the major part of a ham, pickles, bread, condiments, and a gallon of cold-whiskey punch — as strong as raw spirit — and a bottle of brandy. We — I and [Jesse] Haney — brought a leg of lamb, pies, cheese, apples &c and a half-gallon of [George] Edwards’ gin. [George] Arnold produced sandwiches, pickes and Monogahela whiskey. There was no beer or liquor one might partake of without danger of speedy intoxication — hence the disasterous results which ensued. We had just commenced the attack on the edibles when Sol Eytinge appeared, and was, of course, greeted with uproarious cheers. Well; all fell to. I think Haney was one of the first who showed symptoms of inebriety. His face flushed, his eyes sparkled, and he talked

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-11-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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