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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 107, July 17-18, 1860

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Identifier: DX02724972

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 107, July 17-18, 1860

Description: Regarding an argument N.G. Shepherd and Fitz James O'Brien had about abolition.



[Fitz James] O’Brien in another Street-Brawl.

of the too-civil by half order, which inspired [James] Morris with a very favorable opinion of him [Mr. Ward] in opposite to my brutal condemnation of the fellow. There’s something deliciously appropriate in this sequel to [Henry] Addey’s enterprise [Momus], which has let me in to the very mild amount of $16. Writing in the evening till 10 1/2, Dick [Bolton] 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 [N.G.] 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 continued in a 6th avenue car, which being one admitting 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

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-07-17

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
Publishers and publishing
African Americans


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