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his flight to France or was discovered subsequent
to it.     He has, says Hitchings,  been everything  in the
come-outer way.    When in Paris he lived the usual de-
praved life   took men to see the Industrious fleas &c.
Probably he kept himself by corresponding with American
papers   a wretchedly stale re-hash of which contributions
he is now serving up in the Saturday press.       He s a
Fouricrist, a Free-lover of the ultra order and, I fancy,
  if anything theologically   an Atheist.   Nevertheless he has
certain ability, of a third rate-order, with his pen.    I
fancy he owes much of his general estimation   such as it
is   to his matchless assurance and egotism.       Haney
was rather taken by him at first, thinking him a
good talker   which praise is not uncommonly bestowed
upon him. (I fancy the  Saturday press  has enlightened
Haney as to his caliber of intellect.)     Clapp puns a good
deal, and if permitted, always tries to ride roughshod
over others.    His impudence is matchless, in this.   I
believe he admires Stephen Pearl Andrews and hates
Brisbane   he was always saying infernal things of the
 meanness  of the latter.      O Brien consorts with Clapp,
and affects to admire his powers of conversation. Mo-
rally they are on the same level, basing their every act
on utter selfishness.   They swindled their landlord in
this (Bleecker Street) of some hundred dollars or so and
the man came to a smash in consequence.   This I had
from Mrs Potter.   Some acquaintances of hers, seeing Clapp
and O Brien entering this house in one of their visits
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifteen
Description:Regarding Henry Clapp and Fitz James O'Brien.
Subject:Bohemians; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hitchings; O'Brien, Fitz James; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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.