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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 58, January 17-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX03449619

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 58, January 17-18, 1858

Description: Describes Major Piercy's tale of a row with a patron and the resolution at his bar.


employees — the last one the barman I saw yesterday, who invited prostitutes from Mercer Street into the place, at midnight or early morning and treated them to liquors — had been robbed right and left, yet he had made $200! I believe the man hasnt a cent and is in debt for everything in the place. Finally he borrowed my bowie knife and went away. [George] Arnold up the same morning. Afternoon reading [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau. Evening to 14th street, to Mr [Charles] Jewell's and to the Major's. Few people there, a dreary show. The attempted assassin had come in and apologized, upon which the Major showed him the knife and told him he had procured it expressly for the purpose of ripping his intestines out; if he hadn't apologized. Then the Major told him to take the knife and hand it over the counter to the bar-man, and so the quarrel ended. Three men came in for drinks — the Major asked 'em what he should charge for 'em, and boggled about making change. An ill-looking fellow named Finnigan was a good deal behind the bar and generally pervading the rooms. The Major said he was going to take him into partnership! The man had scoundrel legibly written on his countenance. He swaggered about, half bullying, half caressing the Major, boasted of having "nominated" people and altogether was an odious spectacle. Me he recognized, on hearing my name, as "an author." Came away at 11, or before. Was their ever such a calling adopted by an ex-major?

18. Monday. To Dick Hutchings' office, Chamber Street, having a little drawing to make for him. He told me that Alcock — the old foguey Irishman so long on the Pic in its earlier days — was in New Orleans, where he, Hutchings, had got him a berth on the Delta newspaper, with a good yearly salary.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-01-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Books and reading


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