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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 148, May 15, 1858

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Identifier: A0632-00009

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 148, May 15, 1858

Description: Regarding a bet between Frank Cahill and Jesse Haney for Cahill to stop drinking for a month.


or five years ago[x], [C.D. Stuart] wrote a series of tremendously slashing articles on [Edwin] Forrest's acting in his various parts, which appeared in the Tribune, got connected with the Times, and finally became the lesee of the theatre, renting it of [James William?] Wallack.

A feminine idea of repartee. Old [Willis] Patten was blazing away this morning at churches not daring to pronounce against slavery, and using a newspaper jocularity, said, "If I were a chicken and any of them fellows (clergymen) was around, I'd roost high, I would!" "But," said Mrs [Catharine] Potter, with a delightful simper, indicative of the consciousness of getting off a good thing, "chickens are not good this time of year"!!!!

Phonography at night. Thunder, lightning and rain, after a warm day. [Frank] Cahill's just come in (11 P. M.) not having been to the tavern. He made a bet with [Jesse] Haney that he would not drink intoxicating liquor for a month — wagering a parcel of tobacco — and is trying to win it. [William] Leslie's in Philadelphia. He went off this morning having partially subdued his boils. Going into his room after breakfast to arouse him, I found a man there against whom he began to rail directly the door had closed on the object. It seems this man had owed him some two or three hundred dollars, and before "bursting up" made Leslie safe by assigning property to him, to — of course — the damage of other creditors. (This appears a pet dodge of Leslie's.) He says, however, that he lent the man the money.


[x] He was Receiver of the Income tax, swindled the government and "cooked" his accounts, till flight became necessary. He has a brother who was M. P. for Galway till unseated for bribery.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-05-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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