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                   How the Row ended.
ter, for the purpose of throwing it at O Brien,
which intention was frustrated by Wilkins and
Shepherd, who held him from his adversary.
After that there was clamor and cackle.    House
asserted the truth of his statements, called O Brien
 a muscular beast  more than once, told him he
would not have dared to attack a man physically
his equal and sat down calling for drinks, in-
viting the company to partake.    They did not
do this, so he drank his lager himself.     O Brien
said but little in reply, keeping aloof with Shep-
herd and Winter or Mullen, and presently de-
parting with them.  A whimsical mistake ended
the affair; House having looked about for his
hat, O Brien mistaking a table-napkin for
his adversary s handkerchief, handed it to him,
with a dignified Celtic bow.   House, drawing
himself up, replied,  I cannot accept anything
from that person!     And Pfaff receiving the
napkin, walked off with it!      O Brien sub-
sequently sent Mullen to House, offering him
the  satisfaction of a gentleman  but House,
not recognizing  the code,  the business is sup-
posed to have terminated.         O Brien has just
the Irish courage which would enable him to
fight a duel, had House, on having his face
slapped, rushed forwards and delivered two or
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-two
Description:Describes a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's.
Date:1860-07-07
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; Mullen, Edward F.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Pfaff; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Shepherd, N.G.; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.; Winter, William
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.