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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 74, February 25-27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03462919

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 74, February 25-27, 1858

Description: Describes a conversation between Frank Cahill and Willis Patten about Princess Victoria of Great Britain.


[acquain]tance with the States Prison. Funny story told by [Mortimer] Thomson last night of a drunken man on the cars. The conductor made him pay his fare five times, waking him up, for that purpose. Solon Robinson — old flowing-white-bearded, Hot Corn' Solon of the Tribune — pitched into the man and knocked him off the car. Two good absurdities of [Frank] Cahill's perpetration. Old [Willis] Patten was talking over the breakfast table in the usua usual vulgarly-invidious, brutal style of low Americans about the Princess' [Princess Victoria of Great Britain] marriage [to Frederick III, German Emperor], ventilating his democratic utilitarianism in invectives against her presumed uselessness, when Cahill broke in with an emphatic assertion that the princesses of England scrubbed out their own chambers — their mother [Queen Victoria] insisted on their doing it. Staggered into momentary credulity, says Patten "I didn't know that — she's a good gal then if she does them things." Whereupon Cahill bil bullied him with “"You should take care to be well informed before you condemn people &c!" The other instance is droll from its unexpected audacity. Somebody was talking of bibles. Says Cahill, with affected indignation, "There’s too many of 'em about already!" This was at the dinner-table. A flaying review of [James] Parton's "Life of Burr" in the new "Atlantic Monthly."

26. Friday. In doors till evening. Drawing &c. To the Edwards' in the evening, [Jesse] Haney and Cahill being there. Felt miserably incompetent as to work all day, and wearily, despairingly, self-despisingly despondent.

27. Saturday. Down town, meeting [John A.] Wood by the way. To [Benjamin Henry] Day's "Brother Jonathan" office, Post Office &c. Met Moore who told me that [Charles] Welden would get the money awarded to him for his Maillard damages — amounting to perhaps $1000 clear, when he has

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-02-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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