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	         Death of O�Brien.
out with us on Sunday, smokes his pipe &c.�
  Of O�Brien�s death this: �O�Brien has paid 
one debt at last, it is said, that of nature.
His wound inflamed, the arm was taken off,
lock-jaw set in and poor O�Brien died.�    To
which I add from letters received subsequently:
�O�B. was buried from the 7th Regiment armory,
(at Greenwood): Frank Wood is his literary exe-
cutor.�         From Boweryem: �Baron Inchiquin
had a grand funeral: to have been consistent
the undertaker should have been stuck and the mu-
ral sculpter sold.�    (And O�Brien�s creditors have
followed as mourners.)         I append the Herald�s
notice of the obsequies and also an article written
by Guernsey of the grubby finger-nails, editor of
Harper�s Monthly, and published in the Weekly:

[newspaper clipping]
posing military funeral occurred yesterday afternoon in
honor of the late Lieut. Fitz James O�Brien, who died a
few days ago from wounds received on the battle field.
Lieut. O�Brien was serving on the staff of Gen. Lander
about two months ago, when he received the wounds
which terminated so fatally.  The remains arrived here
on Tuesday last, and were laid out in state in the room
of the Board of Officers at the Seventh regiment armory.
The coffin was a very near affair, covered with black
cloth, having on the lid a plate bearing the following

     DIED APRIL 6, 1862, AGED 33 YEARS.

On the lid were also placed the sword of deceased, a
wreath of immortelles and the regimental flag of the Na-
tional Guard.  Company G. Seventh regiment, Captain
George W. Ely, were in full uniform and acted as a mili-
tary escort.  The religious services were performed by
the Rev. Dr. Weston, chaplain of the regiment, about 
half-past twelve o�clock, and were according to the 
Episcopal regulation.  The reverend gentleman made a
few appropriate remarks concerning the noble example
set by the deceased, after which the remains were con-
veyed to the hearse, and the funeral moved off, the band
leading, the military next, and last of all the friends in
carriages.  The remains were interred with the usual
military honors in Greenwood Cemetery.

[newspaper clipping]
	Lieut. Fitz James O�Brien,
	        U. S. Volunteers.
     Died April 6, 1862, Aged 33 Years.

  Such was the inscription on the coffin in which
was borne to Greenwood all that was mortal of one
of the most gifted writers of the day, who died in de-
fense of his adopted country.  FITZ JAMES O�BRIEN
was the only son of an Irish barrister of good fam-
ily, who died while the boy was young.  He rarely
spoke of his own early history; but from casual in-
timations I infer that his boyhood was a singularly
happy one.  His mother, after many years of wid-
owhood, married again.  I have had occasion to
see letters from her to other persons, full of the
most tender feeling for her son in a distant land;
and whenever he had written any thing with which
he was specially pleased, he was always eager for
early proofs to send to her.  �She will be glad to 
see it,� he would say.  He was educated at Trinity
College, Dublin; but I imagine that his University
career was not a brilliant one, measured by aca-
demic standards.  He carried away small Latin,
and less Greek and mathematics; but he must
have read largely in general literature and out of               
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