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possible.   The account not made up yet.  To Harpers.
Missed Bonner.  Post Office,  Frank Leslie s and return
up town.    Writing at night.       O Brien came; in Haney s
room.     Mrs Potter s had a talk with Cahill and he agrees
to pay up something every Monday.   He owes some $40, more
or less.
  15.  Friday.  Down town per omnibus.   Missed Bonner,
Saw Fletcher Harper.   To Pic Office where I found Wilbur
and Cahill.      A middle-aged, shabby man came up to in-
quire about O Brien, and told us how he had been his
landlord in Great Jones Street, how O B had had the
best room in the house at the rent of $12 per week, with
food, attendance, gas and whatnot; how O B owed him
upwards of $180, how he and his family were turned
out of the house in consequence of O B s not paying up;
how O B owed $80 and upwards at his Broadway boarding-house,
$200 elsewhere and the like old news.   The man had been to Har-
pers, who d sent him to the Picayune.        He knew O B lived in
Jersey city, said the last time he d encountered him, O B was
drunk, in the Bowery.  Furthermore he spoke of O B s giving
a Delmonico dinner at his lodgings, half at his landlord s cost.
Cahill was a little inclined to be rude to the poor devil, Wilbur
to chaff him, I thought it a hard case and let him talk as much
as he liked   and he did like to talk a great deal.     This heavy-
swell Bohemianism has very dirty corners to it.    Up town,
dropped in at  the Pacha s  and had ten cents   the sum expended
for a drink   worth of amusement in seeing how the Major is get-
ting along.    The Major was in his shirt sleeves and shabby trousers,
and the Major was a little drunk and a little dingy.  The bar-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page fifty-six
Description:Describes meeting a former landlord of Fitz James O'Brien's, who talked about the money O'Brien owed to him.
Date:1858-01-14
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Bonner, John; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper, Fletcher; O'Brien, Fitz James; Piercy; Potter, Mrs.; Wilbour
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Great Jones Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.