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others being present.     O Brien chose to assume
his ultra-insolent, supercilious airs towards me, 
wherefore we had a little conversational spar.  Learning
I was  on  the Constellation, he proposed sending a mes-
sage to Benjamin, apropos of our big signs &c   that
we needed a band of music in the upper windows.   I
informed him we intended more than that   namely pri-
vate bands to precede the individual members of the edi-
torial staff when they went out to lunch &.  I look
upon Benjamin as a literary qu swindler!  says O B.
I repressed a reply which was on the tip of my tongue
and rep intimated that P. B. could probably hold his
own in any controversy.  He owns holds other peoples 
own  quoth O Bouncer.     Whereupon I lamented that
the case was not solitary among the craft   granting its
truth (which I doubted) as applicable to Benjamin.
Anon I followed up with a neatish dig at the Saturday
Press s having achieved its 2nd volume   and about
its 13th weekly number   a dodge to entrap adverti-
sers into belief in its substantiality.    Seated on the
counter, swinging my legs, I felt in spirits enough to 
talk any  sarce  even to the most impudent Irishman
I ever met in my life.     What a host of hates must
cluster around O Brien, and for the most part
deservedly!  I wonder he can sleep   but for his 
infernal, ingrained, all-absorbing selfishness he couldn t.
Only the other day he set to borrow $5 from Haney,
having paved the way hitherto, by smaller loans, which
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-three
Description:Describes a conversation with Fitz James O'Brien at the ''Saturday Press'' office.
Subject:Benjamin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Saturday press.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.