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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 101, January 30-31, 1859

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Identifier: DX03282288

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 101, January 30-31, 1859

Description: Describes a conversation with Thomas Picton over drinks at Mataran's.


your ex-military man in civil life!

Drawing. [Thomas] Picton, Brittan and another up — Picton just the same as ever, cigar in mouth, just a little drunk, talking on in his queer, loquacious, egotistic amusing manner, telling stories of himself and others. (What a deal I am obliged to miss putting down for lack of leisure!) To [E.H.] Chapin’s at night — densely crowded. (I'd Boswellize that man's sermons but for afore-said reason.) Then to Edwards. [Jesse] Haney and [Frank] Cahill there. Apropos of the latter, when living with a man, you unconsciously get to look over his deficiences, though you may know them — I suppose for sociality. Cahill's shallowness is more apparent to me now than when he lived here.

31. Monday. Drawing awhile. Down town. To Constellation Office, got no money; to "Omnibus" do — asked Picton to Mataran's where over two "Monogahela"'s on his part, ditto also on mine, he broached some three new projects in the newspaper way, — each of them sure fortunes — rattled over the names and peculiarities of the frequenters of the place (I wanted them for my Restaurants) told how he intended doing what in England we call "taking the benefit of the act" to rid himself of his debts, said that while he was cashier on the Artisan's Bank he cashed a note signed by [Fitz James] O'Brien thinking it was [Frank] Bellew's — which proceeding, somehow, involved immense cheek on O'B's part, who had only the day before been introduced to Picton — laughed, cut jokes, closed one eye, grimaced and much more. I left him taking a Third Monongahela

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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