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financial state   he did the swell, took her to theatres,
hired carriages &c at the expense of his creditors.   He
has plenty of employment, but is long and slow over it.
Unpleasant subject.       In confidence.   Don t tell others in
such harsh tones.     All true enough.     Will Waud is
just simply a selfish, conceited loafer.    I suppose he
married the girl on his usual principle of action   that of
denying himself no indulgene he could come at.   He ll neg-
lect, perhaps ill-use, or desert her, if he grow tired of his
plaything.   For the future, he don t think of it, apart from
an indefinite impression that abilities like his must raise
him to fortune &c.  (He has abilities but no industry.)   A
morbid ambitio impels him, not to exertion, but to a
miserable Mauicheanish dispraise of others.  He affects or
tries to believe that all is humbug and pretence   that chance
rules the world not justice.   It s a dreary Atheism, and
no good comes of it.   Enough of him.      Phonography. Wri-
ting.   Drawing all the afternoon.  To the doctors in the
evening, he not at home.   Called at Arnold s.  Return. Wri-
ting.   Cahill & Gun playing cribbage in the latter s room.
  20.  Sunday.  Up by 5.   In doors till evening.  Knees
swollen and stiff, limbs aching extremely   the legiti-
mate result, says the doctor (whom I called upon) of
bile.  To Chapin s, and then to Edwards , returning
with Haney.       O Brien s antagonist was a Captain
Farnham.  The man was showing tricks at cards, which
provoked some insulting comment on O Brien s part.   The
ex-filibuster got his antagonist s head  in chancery,  and
didn t spare it.   For a man who crows on his  muscle  our
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Gives the details of Fitz James O'Brien's fight with Captain Farnham.
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Farnham, Captain; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Boston, 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.