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belonged to all sorts of societies   of the Lone
Star order.      Consorts with a fire-company, some-
times  travels on his muscle  and, I have no doubt,
has pluck.      He kicked up a row at the Office, 
after Haney s temporary secession, when O Brien
and the  Bees  were present, chiefly in consequence of
his dislike to O B.      Picton and his  crowd  were
drunk and averse to the  G_d__n English hole 
as they called it.    His feud with O Brien arose
thus. When cashier to the Nassau Bank, Picton
having recently been introduced to O B, on the 
following day got a note on Sedgwick (the Crystal
Palace man) for some $30 or $50, with
a request that he would cash it.     Mistaking the
signature for Bellew s, whom Picton knew and
good-naturedly wished to oblige, he complied.   It
proved to be O Brien s and there was considerable
difficulty in getting Sedgwick to take it up, which
however he did for value received (I suppose in 
Times puffs) from O Bouncer.    Picton believes he
risked  being stuck  himself.    To return to Tom.
A short, chubby man with a broad, coarse, good-
humored, shrewd, impudent face, inclining to tight-
ish French coats and pants   sometimes strapped
over his boots, though not of late years.   Hat cock-
ed knowingly on one side; bearded, not particu-
lar as to linen, and possessing a peculiarly ugly 
stare when he is intoxicated and wants to 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding a feud between Thomas Picton and Fitz James O'Brien.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Picton, Thomas; Sedgwick
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.