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                  A  free  Street-Fight.
men quitted the car, the insulted negro doing
the same.      Forthwith he marched up to the
March, pitched into him, blacked his eye
and gave him a richly deserved licking.  The
neighborhood of Varick Street being a low and
niggery one, Africa had plenty of champions,
black and white.    O Brien was collared and
throttled and Shepherd, taking off his coat,
had a turn up with a red-shirted rowdy, whom
the others told him he vanquished.      It was
a  free fight  and the  swells  got generally 
mauled.      Shepherd went into a grocery-store,
 to get a cheese-knife or something,  and on emer-
ging saw Marsh knocked down by a blow
 straight from the shoulder  of the African Her-
cules.      Finally the three well-dressed rowdies
were hustled into a car and discharged at a
drug-store in the 6th Avenue.      There Marsh
insulted the shop-man on the old abolitionist
question and another fight was imminent  
being only prevented by the accidental presence
of a coachman or hack-driver who knew and
championed Shepherd.     Anon the three adjourn-
ed to Reilly s tavern, in University place and
got very drunk indeed.     Shepherd concluded
with the intimation that he was  going to Jenny
(at  30 ) to get doctored!          Marsh and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes a street brawl involving Fitz James O'Brien, N. G. Shepherd, John Marsh, and a black man they insulted by refusing to ride in a streetcar with him.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marsh, John; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; Varick Street
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.