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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 88, March 7, 1858

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Identifier: DX03474578

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 88, March 7, 1858

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill being cut off from his cousin, Charles Bailey Seymour, and his friendship with George Arnold.


to one of [Charles Bailey] Seymour’s, from which it appeared that his [Frank Cahill’s] cousin had called him imbecile, denounced him as guilty of all sorts of malice &c in coming to a house where Seymour was, with others, Cahill being drunk at the time. Finally Seymour cut him altogether. I think he must have acted cruelly in the matter, for Cahill suffered very much subsequently, being frightfully hard-up. He is really a good fellow, kind natured and thoroughly English in the better sense, at heart. He’s improvident, sprees a little, and gets into debt – those are his faults. He and [George] Arnold lived together at the old Ornithoryncus, wrote plays together, starved together, drank and smoked together. [William E.] Burton and Stuart, managers of theatres, took their plays to read, lost ‘em, proposed alterations, played fast and loose with the authors as managers have with other poor devils and will probably do so to all time. They — the friends — used to crib little bits of tobacco from the counters of bar-rooms for a smoke; to write like blazes — sometimes all night long — and in short to endure all the shady side of Bohemianism. Here’s a song Arnold wrote on it.

“Oh! we were writing of a play,

A-writing of a farce so jolly,

Hoping we could make it pay

To drive away our melancholy!

Bow, Wow, Wow! Let us now

Give ourselves to fun and folly!

Bow, Wow, Wow!

Sometimes, also, we would go

To the gardens by the riverx

x Bellevue.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Plays
Theatrical managers
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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