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house, for my part.     Let one say what
you will in behalf of the natural want of thought
in youth, there s just a spice of ingratitude in t
too, in being so ready to throw over, for new faces,
fellows whom they must know have always regard-
ed them with gentleness and kindness.    It matters
less about me, who until of late, have never been
specially intimate, but Haney s known  em from
baby-hood.         Being both of us lonely enough in
daily life, cast among more than enough of arid people,
we had deligted to believe in these girls so entirely,
as good and unaffected and unspoiled.   All smash-
ed for me!    I drop back on observation, on an
extra cynical pipe and Work.                       Mort
Thomson, returned from a visit to Boston, reports par-
ticulars of O Brien s recent licking, which was infi-
nitely more severe than has been supposed.   Mort
talked with his antagonist, the bar-tender.  O B
was drunkenly insolent, again and again, till the
man, provoked beyond endurance, leapt over the coun-
ter and pitched into him.    O B kept his room
for three weeks   or rather the room of an acquain-
tance.    Bar-tender was 30 lbs less than his adver-
sary in weight.     O B has had delirum tremens
twice while in Boston, and is a good deal nearer
the bottom of the inclined plane he has always been
descending.    He insulted another man subsequent
to the fight at the Tremont, and was literally car-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty
Description:Regarding Fitz James O'Brien's latest fight.
Date:1859-07-17
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.