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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 26, November 3, 1857

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Identifier: DX03423096

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 26, November 3, 1857

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


had all embarked on one boat, when [Jesse] Haney insisted on the party dividing. I followed and [Frank] Cahill followed me. Then Haney found me fencing with my stick with a man, who had a gun, on the ferry dock. He says the fellow appeared a little excited and remarked “I’m an ugly boy when I get started.” Presently I was on the ferry boat at the further end when — so they tell me — a man came up to me and asked “Do you know what you said to me?” Upon which I began instantly to pull off my coat, gave my stick to Cahill and made a violent blow at the interrogator and — fell down perfectly helpless, with the impetus of the action. And then he began to kick me about the head and face, savagely. I was so powerless, from liquor that I could only hold my hands before my face, trying in a faint way to shield it from the blows. I fancy too he tried to gouge me, which my cuts corroborate. Meantime it seems Haney had advanced to the rescue, and was fighting a couple of rounds with others of my assailants party. There were three or five of them — accounts differ; but incline to the latter number. I was up again somehow and sparring — and down again. Whether I got kicked this time I don’t know — likely enough. My next recollection is connected with a car. I was standing on the end, partly supported by Cahill, catching a glimpse of women in hi side looking scared and terrified at my face which was covered with blood. How I got to [132] Bleecker Street I can never tell. I remember rising four times in the night to wash and rewash my face, filling the basin with blood, drinking from the ewer, finding the pillow all dotted and the like. The other fellows, after their boat had started heard the noise of the fight and were impatient not to be present. After taking [Fitz James] O’Brien, who was very drunk to Davenport’s, in

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-11-03

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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