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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 30, June 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02685996

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 30, June 14, 1860

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill leaving for England with Mrs. Levison's money.

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About [Frank] Cahill’s Flight.

abuses. His [Cahill’s] connection with the “Mercury,” says [Jesse] Haney, terminated in some such act. He robbed Bob Gun, too, in like manner, as I think I have recorded. Never was a fellow who had more help shown him, whom it was more impossible to help permanently. And this last wretched business is as foolish as wicked. He got $8 weekly from “Nick-nax,” he would certainly have soon attained a reporter’s berth on the “Tribune.” All gone for a miserable $400, a sum he’ll squander in a few weeks! How I can fancy his hurrying aboard the ship, in the sunny, busy morning, his curious, excited conviction that he had taken that great leap which left all his past life behind and put his future in shadow — that he had cut himself utterly adrift from friends and associates — that he yet had money in his pocket and was going to England, which he used to speculate about in a half-longing, half-hopeless way. How, when fairly out at sea, he would be over-friendly with the passengers, would invite them to drink and how drunk he’d be for the first day or two — and then how miserable. For he was sensitive and won’t be able to brave out the infamy of it. (I’m a little inclined, by the by, to attach some meaning to his “I’m going to do

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-06-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Theft
Ocean travel

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