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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 60, January 18-20, 1858

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Identifier: DX03451280

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 60, January 18-20, 1858

Description: Regarding Major Piercy being arrested for threatening to cut out the liver of his ex-barkeeper.


Also that [Joseph] Woodward was at the Picayune Office! To Harpers. Walked to Nassau St with [John] Bonner. To Masons. Got account. Here 'tis. "No of copies bound 2028. On hand 351. Given away 120. Sold 1557." —— Thats all Ive got for nearly a years labor. It's paid the theives of publishers. Drawing till late at night. [Fitz James] O'Brien at supper, and in [Jesse] Haney's room, subsequently. I didn't go there. He out with [Frank] Cahill anon. Met [Frank] Bellew, coming up town in the morning, and while we were talking, Wild came up, and must needs have us drink with him.

19. Tuesday. The Major calls, just after breakfast, wanting somebody to go to the Police Court with him. He had been arrested the other day, and put in the Tombs for five minutes, for threatening his ex-barkeeper. The man had come in, (probably to dun him for his wages,) told the Major he lied &c — whereupon the Major had produced a huge carving-knife, told him to arm himself in a similar manner, and that he, the Major, would do himself the pleasure of cutting his liver out, making it into sausages and eating them — only regretting that he, the pigeon-breasted barkeeper, would not survive to witness the completion of the operation!!! On this, the man, not unnaturally, turned "as white as the wall" and, departing, got out a warrant against the valorous Irishmen, who doubtless supposes that he acted in perfect accordance with American customs. This occurred on Saturday. (The Major, with all his blather, said nothing of it yesterday.) When before the magistrate he acknowledged the truth of the charge, and said that he would have cut the man’s liver out &c &c He had to appear in court that morning. Didn't go with him. To [Richard B.] Hutchings, Post Office, Pic &c &c. Reading and some drawing.

20. Wednesday. Jerroldiana all day, in doors.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-01-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish


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