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Lindon proceeding.   Heard a characteristic
thing of him, too.    I was not the only person who noticed
his name in the papers.    That unfortunate old man
in blue specs, whom he owes $125 or so, for board,
who must have become quite an  old man of the Sea 
to O B for one meets this equally unlucky and per-
tenacious creditor everywhere, in newspaperdom,
when he launches out into his piteous and prolix de-
tails to anybody who will listen to him   this old
man, then, goes to the hotel and tells his story to
.   Word is conveyed to O B.  Man
wants money? send him up!  is the order.  Man
is shown up accordingly, an employee accompanying
him, probably to see how the land lay.  Good mor-
ning, Mr O Brien,  says creditor.   You have the
advantage of me, sir!  says O B.   Isn t  your 
name O Brien, sir? don t you recollect me?   owe
me so and so,  says creditor.  Never saw you
before in my life!  says O B.    And he persisted
in denying his identity, and the poor man had to go
away, making nothing by the visit.         Pretty recently
O B was so hard up, he had to camp in Clapp s
room.    They both vilify each other now.  O B is every
day a dropper in at Haney s office. Wonder what
he expects to make by it?                      The Pattens
are back here from Washington.  Mrs Gouverneur
just as usual   boring people.  The women lock their
room doors against her at night   have to do it.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Tells a story about Fitz James O'Brien trying to escape a creditor.
Date:1859-02-16
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Debt; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lindon, Barry; O'Brien, Fitz James; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.