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	O Brien in another Street-Brawl.
of the too-civil by half order, which inspired
Morris with a very favorable opinion of him in
opposite to my brutal condemnation of the fellow.
There s something deliciously appropriate in this
sequel to Addey s enterprise, which has let me in
to the very mild amount of $16.           Writing in
the evening till 10  , Dick going out to join
certain of his Canadian fellow-excursionists.
When he came up this morning, I had just
been scribbling off pages 88 to 92 of this record!
  18.  Wednesday.  Partial solar eclipse.    Going
into Shepherd s room I found him lying on bed
with his clothes on, looking very seedy, his under lip
nearly cut through by a blow from a fist.              He
had very recently got home.    Dining at Ittner s
with O Brien and one John Marsh, whom I have
heard of, they got into a dispute about abolition,
Shepherd advocating it and the two others going in
violently on the pro-slavery side. (Of course! catch
an Irishman on any but the mean and cruel
and oppressive side!)  The squabble was continu-
ed in a 6th avenue car, which being one admit-
ting colored people, on the entrance of a stalwart
negro, Marsh offensively objected to his presence
and demanded, with oaths and abuse, that the
man should be put out.         This the conductor
very properly refused, so the drunken fast
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seven
Description:Regarding an argument N. G. Shepherd and Fitz James O'Brien had about abolition.
Subject:Abolition; Addey; African Americans; Bolton, Richard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Marsh, John; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Shepherd, N.G.; Ward (publisher)
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.