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paid his own low expenses.  Also he spake of the  Diamond
Lens  controversy, which turns out disasterously for O Brien.
Both Merrick, Seymour, Picton & Guernsey depose to having seen
North s M.S.   the original story.    Picton s out in a letter to
today s Times about it.     Apropos of O B, his last excentricity
consists in walking up Broadway with a gaudily striped umbrella,
such as shops use for signs.     On a former occasion he and a com
panion sold strings of fish and Sunday papers   just as folks
were coming out of church.    They met Guernsey and offered
him some.     They were sober at the time.  O Brien was drunk
during the umbrella display.   Cahill and Wood saw him.
  28.  Sunday.  To Pounden s by 1, dined there and stayed
till 6, then to Doestick s.   Himself, wife and mother within.  The
talk turned on Parton s  Burr .   Thomson very denunciatory of
it, and furthermore of the American Revolution, declaring repub-
licanism a failure.   That it is so in this country I thoroughly
believe, but  tis odd to find a Pro-British American.    He
magnified England and the working of its government,
said he was in favor of the ascendancy of an amiable despot, 
and believed that North and South would fight, that latter getting
tremendously licked.   Furthermore he pitched into the Opera
and Shakspere.     To Parton s.   Jim suffering from the
Atlantic Monthly, to which he s written an answer for the Tribune.
Ripley told him that the author of the criticism had been amas-
sing materials for a life of Burr, himself, and that he had
done a brief memoir from Appleton s Cyclop dia.   Fanny nar-
rating stories of her school pranks at Miss Catherine Beecher s,
in Hartford, Conn.  How she had stolen pies nocturnally;
how she, in conjunction with other girls, had made up an abom-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-six
Description:Regarding controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens.''
Date:1858-02-27
Subject:Beecher, Catharine E.; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Children; Fern, Fanny; Guernsey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Merrick; Moore, Mr.; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Picton, Thomas; Pounden, Frank; Ripley, Philip; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Thomson, Anna (""Chips""); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Welden, Charles; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hartford, Connecticut
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.