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practiced upon a villain who daren t resent
it, O Mana having him in his power to some ex-
tent.      O M. has lived upon questionable women,
been a fortune-hunter and scoundrel all his life.
Is an Irishman (I never doubted this, despite his
Virginian assurances) a huge, strongly-built fellow,
with a thick, turned-up nose in which his voice is
located, for I never heard a man talk so nasally.
Has an air of heavy common place pretence at gallan-
try which, in connection with his six foot length, may
gull trashy women, especially when put confidentially.
Banks and he quarreled about a woman, O Mana
objecting to Banks  visiting her.     They met at her
house on the following evening, she siding with Banks,
who had appointed in the interview in the morning, un-
known to his rival.     Banks anticipating assault
kept the poker red-hot during the half altercation!
(His adversary has pluck and once distinguished
himself in a fight with four or five rowdies)  I d
have put it through his g_ts!  quoth Banks. Fi-
nally O M. relinquished the field to the valorous
A. F.           The same cause of the split between
such fiends   the woman   met O M to ther day, in
Broadway and dextrously knocked his hat off into the
mud, with the request that he would pick it up  as
he had done dirtier things than that  before then!
I can guess her vocation and social standing from
the act.           So much of the man whose talk kept
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Regarding a quarrel between Banks and O'Mana over a woman.
Date:1859-03-28
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.