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	Brawl between O Brien and House.
hold Words, that he told such lies that one couldn t
believe a word he says and the like.   These parti-
culars being dropped into Mullen s ear, of course
found vent at his mouth; when drunk he confided
them to O Brien, not naming his informant.     So
O Brien, conscious, it may be, that House is a thin-
ner and sparer man than himself, chivalrously
determined on punishing his detractor.   He told Shep-
herd that he was going to be very quiet, didn t want
a row &c but yet chose Pfaff s as the scene for
this altercation, when the whole crowd, Clapp, Wil-
kins, George Arnold   in short all the Bohemian
gang   were present.       He had just got a $10 check in
part payment for the  Tycoon  burlesque at Laura
Keene s written or adopted by him in conjunction
with Rosenberg.    Of course his self esteem was swol-
len by the possession of money and he felt a truly
Irish desire to distinguish himself before the crowd.
So approaching House who sat swinging his legs on
a side-table, in the cellar, where the Bohemians
assemble, he put a few questions to him and sud-
denly slapped his face.        House made a rush at
him, O Brien retreating and squaring off, and
forced him against the wall, seizing him by his
collar or throat.          There was a confused struggle,
ended by House s breaking away, running to the
table and endeavoring to seize a tumbler or decan-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-one
Description:Describes a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's.
Date:1860-07-07
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; Mullen, Edward F.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Rosenberg; Theater; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.