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           O Brien roasting with Shepherd
slow   paterfamilias, Mrs E., a man I have
seen before there, conversing together, mostly about
the  Great Eastern.       Paterfamilias made jocular
allusion to Eliza s Wednesday rudeness, I was
invited to join them on the Fourth and that s about
all that occurred.                            O Brien showed
at our supper-table in Shepherd s company again,
on Saturday.   He sleeps in his room on the so-
fa; is very hard up.       Must be, indeed, to prey
on the juveniles.
  2.  Monday.  Out early with Bob Gun.  Going
into Shepherd s room to get something, on rising,
he found O Brien on the sofa and being extremely
short sighted, had almost mistaken him for Shep-
herd and punched him in the ribs, when there
might have been a row, for the Irishman hates
honest Bob, ever since he got an order for a suit
of clothes out of him, advance payment for the
story of  From Hand to Mouth  which of course
he left unfinished in the Picayune.     To Mrs Pot-
ters , saw Larrison (who boards there) and Haney,
finding the latter in his shirt, newly risen.    To
Bellew s, when we disturbed Bellew taking a bath,
and where Haney came presently.      Took 6th Ave-
nue cars, left Bob at Bleecker Street.           Wri-
ting (the last nine pages.)    Down town.   Bob,
Symes and Boweryem in my room in the evening,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-three
Description:Mentions that Fitz James O'Brien has been staying at his boarding house in Shepherd's room.
Date:1860-07-01
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sarah; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Larason; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Symes
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.