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darker ages have bequeathed to it, is yet
so much nearer the kingdom of heaven than
this foul republic!         He resents  my calling it
a half-barbarism, by the way.   When no man
has deepened that conviction with more direct and
indirect testimony.    It s quite natural that Haney
should have faith in it  being an American born,
but that Parton should sometimes talk of it as
though it were in a more hopeful way than his
own grand country, is only explainable by his
having got tainted with the accursed materialism
which runs through American life   inculcating
of all things admiration of material success.
  Old Shelton MacKenzie has written an article on
O Brien, in the Constellation; just the sort of ar-
ticle one Irishman would write of another.   There s
one lie in it, I know, that asserting th precedence
of Doesticks Witches of N.Y over O B s
fortune tellers.    All the rest I ve heard before.  The
assumed baronetry has caused much mirth to those
who know the man.   It s in accordance with his
principle of when desperately cornered to do some-
thing audacious.  When in doubt, play a trump. 
Not being known in Boston and anticipating
that a real live baronet might get the entree
to  society    O B s constant aspiration   he has
trumped up this characteristic lie.   He started it
first in a letter to the Times, as I learnt
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Regarding the rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Mackenzie, Shelton; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.