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	    O Brien insults Roberts.
effect that the business was plotted for the
purpose obtained, moral evidence of the man s
infidelity being undoubted beforehand.  If so, it
may explain Bellew s toleration of O B., who
knows that Mrs. B dislikes him and returns
the feeling.              Another O Brien incident.
He met Roberts of the  Constellation,  in a bar-
room, Clapp, George Arnold, Shepherd and
others being present, when one of the party intro-
duced O B. to Roberts.          It was subsequent
to the publication of Shelton Mackenzie s attack
on O B., who drew himself up inquiring if
Roberts were the publisher of the paper, and
on being answered in the affirmative first
walked aside with him, then returned and
abused him to his face, before those assembled,
as a liar, blackguard, &c.             Roberts took it
sensibly, said that O B. was surrounded by
friends, he without any, that he didn t want a
bar-room brawl, but offered his card and
what subsequent satisfaction a private interview
might afford, and so left.             O Brien asserts
that he sent Wilkins to him with a hostile mes-
sage and that Roberts tendered some apology.
  2.  Sunday.  Looking in Shepherd s room
found the hero of the last story lying asleep on
the sofa, with a tremendous black eye.  He had
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and six
Description:Describes a quarrel between Fitz James O'Brien and publisher Roberts.
Date:1860-09-01
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Roberts, George; Shepherd, N.G.; 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.