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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 59, July 16-17, 1859

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Identifier: DX03055485

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 59, July 16-17, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's idea of becoming an actor.

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but read, talks of going on the stage, etc. Shared a bottle of stout with him [Frank Cahill], which I'd bought on my way uptown in the rain, and we talked. He related much of his London life about town. Always the same fellow — there can be no change in him. Had a legacy of two or three hundred pounds and knocked it all down in dissipation in a few weeks. Lost a good berth in business, didn't try to obtain another and came to New York on a sudden whim. He wouldn't make a bad comic actor but the life is, at first, a hard one, needs industry and express one to temptation towards drunkenness which would be fatal to Cahill. Father was an Irishman.

17. Sunday. Chores. A sultry walk to 16th street, [Jesse] Haney out. Cahill in my room, for a book. To 16th street again, after tea, little [Thomas] Nast supping with Haney. Left them at Edwards' to [E.H.] Chapin's (the church closes henceforth till September) then rejoined them. Two Californians present, another visitor, besides Haney & Nast aforesaid. The girls [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards], more than ever threw Haney and me over, with the exception of Sally. They just shake hands with us, then talk to others the whole of the evening. Sally knows there's something amiss, suspects indefinity, wants to remedy it. Haney and I talked it over; he a good deal hurt and melancholy about it, I affected in my degree. Shall incontinently commence a sliding scale of decreasing visits and the hitherto pleasant

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-07-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Actors
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Irish
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Diaries

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