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               Old Briggs  wants to know. 
three good, wholesome, brutal blows in his ad-
versary s countenance, he might have got the
better of him.     The audience feeling is so strong
in Irishmen, that let them suppose that the spectators
think they are getting the worst of it induces that result.
Their courage is three-fourths made up of vanity.  Most
of the Bohemians side with O Brien in the matter.
They all live in such glass-houses that any throw-
ing of stones becomes an impertinence, to be
generally resented.      I dare say House s loose
talk has made him privately objectionable.    Besi-
des O Brien s stupendous assumption, occasional
large gains   always exaggerated in the telling  
and dishonest generosity, evidences an unconscious
deference to him, as also his superior depravity,
for it s a damnable truth that a man may
rise in the estimation of his fellows from his
wickedness.                        Writing &c.   Down
town in the afternoon.      Going into the  Courier 
Office, I found Shepherd, Frank Wood, and
George Arnold seated at the table.  Alluding to
their presence to Briggs in the inner room, I sup-
pose they were writing their  cards  about the row,
when Briggs began to question me about it.          Ob-
taining nothing, out he bustled to ask the others,
with a similar result.        He wanted to write a
paragraph or editorial on the subject, for tomor-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eighty-four
Description:Describes a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bohemians; Briggs, Charles F.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; Irish; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.