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set.  He s got a letter in the Evening Post about the
Diamond Lens business.  Deny s it in [unclear word], publicly; not
so in private.   Says he believes the idea is his, he may have
talked of it four years ago with North, that Seymour and
Briggs back out of their assertions &c.     In fact they would-
n t care about getting into a row with O Brien   though they
cordially detest him   on behalf of dead North.      Cahill up.
Incidentally he spake of a man who writes, or has written
for the Sunday Mercury, who lives on the prostitution of his
sisters.    His name s Toole.     He s an American, of Irish
descent.   His sisters   two of them   plied their trade in Wash-
ington, among the politicians.   There s no doubt of the truth of this.
(I think, in future, I ll put down all I hear, of the
cursed people of the cursed press of this cursed country.  The
Sunday press of this city ought to be printed in blood and
irdure.   In turning over its filthy pages you feel like
Gulliver among the Yahoos.   No tongue can over-express
it s vileness.)    O Brien had an article from the  Boston
Transcript  puffing him tremendously as the author of the Dia-
mond Lens, and giving a memoir of him, his literary &
dramatic successes (?) &c.   Haney read it aloud.    It was writ-
ten by Clapp.     There were exaggerations in it amounting to lying.
Talking of Picton, Haney says he s generally drunk within pre-
cisely fifteen minutes after the bank, wherein he s employed as
cashier, closes!     O B said he didn t know Picton had any
feud with him.   Last time they met they took sundry drinks
together and Picton confided some grievance of his to O B.
  It s edifying to see how dearly  literary gents  love one ano-
ther!
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page eighty
Description:Regarding alleged plagiarism in Fitz James O'Brien's ''The Diamond Lens'' from a story by the late William North.
Date:1858-03-01
Subject:Bohemians; Briggs, Charles F.; Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas; Prostitutes; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Toole
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.