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ful clique cant against them because they are rich.  Clapp
spake much on what he considered the false importance into which
money had been elevated, drawing paralels between the cases
of a man entering a friend s room and feeling no scruple of
helping himself to cigars or wine &c and another considering it
dishonorable to help himself to a small sum of money  &c.  He
said he shouldn t mind receiving $100 or $500 from a rich
man.      We didn t have this objection to receiving money from the
dead &c.     Would I object to having a sum presented to me.     I
said and thought that I d rather earn it.           O Brien launched out
into laudation of generosity   that popular pseudo virtue
he likes to holla on.      I d rather have Justice.               An Odd
Coincidence.  Clapp and Whitelaw, two of the ugliest men I ve
ever known (not unlike in physiognomy too.) are both Socialists.
  Apropos of O Brien it s said that he plagiarized the idea of his  Diamond Lens 
story from North. Somebody writes to the Post that Briggs of the Times and Courier 
heard North read a story to the same effect from M. S.
Now one of O B s characteristics is detecting or affirming plagi-
arisms in the writings of others.  My dear fellow it s been done! 
is commonly on his lips.   Tell him a proposed plot of anything
and he s sure to have read or done it   or intended doing it.  So
well was this understood that Cahill and Arnold used to amuse
themselves by suggesting wild, improbably plots for plays and
farces, for the purpose of eliciting the  My dear fellows, it s
been done! 
  {25.  Monday.       Indoors both days, doing little.  Weather
  26.  Tuesday.}       dreary, myself matagrabolized, out of sorts,
and unable to scare up subjects for Harpers .
27.	Wednesday.  Down town.  Post Office. Leslie s &c.  The
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-three
Description:Regarding a discussion with Fitz James O'Brien, Henry Clapp, and Frank Cahill about rich men.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Socialism; Wealth; Whitelaw, Matthew; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.