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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 25, November 3, 1857

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Identifier: DX03422269

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 25, November 3, 1857

Description: Describes drunkenly returning to New York from a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.


for Sol [Eytinge] and Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson], both of whom had pressed their sobriety. Doesticks, going back, carried [Jesse] Haney down, for he, lying on the steps, was insisting that he should be allowed to roll down also, like [Fitz James] O’Brien — saying it was “partiality”of the others to permit the one and prevent the other. My next recollection is of the long, dusty, road, of being very tired, yet keeping on ahead, not wishing to have the trouble of talking with the other fellows. I think [Frank] Cahill was clamorous that we should go by the Elysian Fields way — in which case we should, inevitably have knocked ourselves against trees, tumbled into ditches; perhaps have spent the night on the damp ground and got fever and ague. However we kept on. Something I remember of Haney and Cahill lying down by the road side and tumbling over one another. It appears there was a struggle for the basket (in which all the forks but one, tumbled out, as we subsequently discovered.) Then I must have let the rest come up with me. I recollect running after a cart and making a blow at a yelping dog therein. Cahill says that I either knocked him out, or he jumped out, for presently his owner came driving back and asked, in a very civil manner, whether we had seen a dog? On which O’Brien cursed him and began pulling off his coat to attack him — when the man drove on furiously, pursued by O’Brien and myself. Next I recollect Hoboken streets and gas-lamps which I commenced smashing, being imitated by [George] Arnold. Also I danced lively measures on the sidewalk, which, Doesticks reports were the most ludricous exhibitions he ever witnessed. I would caper from side to side most terphsicorically, then walk on swiftly and gravely for a block or two, then dance again. OBrien wanted to join me. Who paid at the Ferry house I don’t know. Doesticks says we

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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