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ject, I put down Rosenberg s account of O B s
characteristic Diddlerism at a boarding house, in
this city, where both of them boarded.    After get-
ting in debt to the amount of $80 or $100, O B,
in answer to the landlord s repeated applications, inform
ed him impressively that he  should have no money for
him   for two weeks, when his play being produced,
the debt should be discharged in full.     Towards the
running out of this period, he gave a supper to
half a dozen fellows, actors &c (Brougham among
them) as desirous of celebrating the performance of
his play in advance,  having no better  about it;
inducing the landlord to further expenditure, in wands
&c, ordering in champagne and liqueurs from two
different wine-merchants.    The party kept it up till
morning, making a devil of a row, getting drunk,
and when they departed O Brien accompanied one
of their number   to return no more to that boarding
house!       The table suffered such deterioration in
quality in consequence of the landlord s losses, that
Rosenberg (who stood it until it came down to bread
and butter and onions for tea!) had, with his wife
to leave also.                         Story told by Rosen-
berg of N.P. Willis, to whom he had warm letters
of introduction, on arriving at this country, proposing 
to marry him to a fortune, and on discovering that
he was already married dropping his acquaintance,
till then quite assiduously cultivated.   It s damned
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty-six
Description:Describes a story told by Rosenberg about how Fitz James O'Brien didn't pay his rent at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brougham, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Rosenberg; Rosenberg, Mrs.; Willis, Nathaniel Parker
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.