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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 10, November 14-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03223421

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 10, November 14-15, 1858

Description: Mentions a night out at a tavern with Frank Cahill and Bob Gun, and receiving a letter from Alf Waud.


health-walk. To [E.H.] Chapin’s awhile (another preacher) then to Houston St boarding-house, at night. [George] Arnold was not at home, found [Bob] Gun and [Frank] Cahill in their (upper) room. It’s a spacious, comfortable one, containing two beds. They take their drinks at home, now, Cahill says, and get — tight. He got so this night, for not content with offering me the hospitality of whiskey from a big demi-john, Gun must needs have us cross the street to a tavern where, presently, Cahill drank himself fast asleep in his chair and we had to help him back. While they were boggling at the key-hole Arnold came up. I drank but little and was perfectly sober. Gun wasn’t much hit, either.

15. Monday. Another note from Alf Waud, with a commission for me to do for him. He writes more despondently about hard times. When a man is poor he often grows confidential and inclines to write letters — not that he expects to get anything from you, except, perhaps sympathy. [Charles] Dickens has illustrated this subtly, in Micawber. Embarrassed persons, too, like to hear of other folks reverses, not as [Francois de la] Rochefoucald’s detestable French axiom would make it, because we are pleased at others misfortunes, but because Sorrow draws them nearer, on the ground of common humanity. Wrote all day, finishing Story. In the evening to Edwards’ little party in honor of the marriage of another of the girls in California. This is her wedding day. More folks present than during our last celebration. Dancing, music, singing, supper and punch. [Jesse] Haney I and dog — for Haney took him — left at 1. A. M.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-11-14

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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