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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 157, May 23-25, 1858

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Identifier: DX02065736

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 157, May 23-25, 1858

Description: Mentions a story of his getting rejected by the Golden Prize.


in this unchristian sham-republic. Return at even. I to [E.H.] Chapin's.

24. Monday. Drawing all day, till midnight. A close, blusterous, variable, exquisitely uncomfortable day. [William] Leslie came up at about 10 with a bottle of wine, and lay on the bed talking and watching me at work. Just a quarter after 12 we heard [Frank] Cahill and [Bob] Gun come in, both drunk, Cahill extremely so. He could scarcely walk, kept falling, his companion supporting him. Tumbling head foremost into his room, he staggered about awhile, fell violently (as we thought on to the bed, as it subsequently proved, on the floor) and there lay till morning.

25. Tuesday. Cahill & Gun up about 10, and comparing notes as to yesterday's debauch. Down town, to "Golden Prize" office, saw Salter, the editor. Liked my story extremely, would take it in the fall of the year, but had to reduce expenses, in consequence of which they've discharged [George] Arnold. So took M. S. and left. To Harper's, got $10. Up town. Evening partially at Phonography. Cahill and Gun home at 11, drunk again, Cahill extremely so. He is behaving like a miserable ass, and it is dishonest withal, as Mrs [Catharine] Potter don't get her money. Weak natures are the worst one can have to deal with, they've no backbones to their souls, and are incurable. We've three fellows in the house who get drunk now. The odious Irishman Pounden pere sometimes presents himself at the breakfast table in a state of half intoxication. He does nothing for his livelihood. His wife goes off early each morning to Staten Island, there to teach music, returning at sunset. She believes in the sot, her hus-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-05-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Publishers and publishing
19th century


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