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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 162, June 16-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX03543257

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 162, June 16-18, 1858

Description: Mentions a fight Fitz James O'Brien got into with a Nicaraguan captain at the New York Hotel.


16. Wednesday. Wrote to [Alfred] Waud. Phonography. Out for a walk in the afternoon, the sun appearing for the first time these two (or more) days. Met Selina Jewell, and presently [A.F.] Banks, who began talking of a $250 story he wanted me to write for a Sunday paper &c!! It appears Sol Eytinge accompanied [Mortimer] Thomson in a recent visit to Boston. It being Sunday they couldn’t find Waud.

17. Thursday. Writing & Phonography till 5. Banks came up. To Brooklyn. [James] Parton and Fanny [Fern] had to go out in the evening. Sat and read [Charles] Lamb and [Alfred] Tennyson to Grace [Eldredge]. Felt very weak and slept little.

18. Friday. Returned to New York with a pocket full of books. Blazing hot. To Mercury Office, saw Caldwell about story. They’ll pay $250 for a tremendously long one, to run eleven weeks, eight or nine hideously long columns each week. Don't think it'll pay. To Frank Leslie's. [John A.] Wood there as cashier. To Pic Office, saw [Bob] Gun. Met Kelly in Broadway; told me he'd just got married. A letter from Hannah [Bennett] awaiting me at [132] Bleecker St. Drawing and writing. In the evening with Gun to [Frank] Bellew's present boarding-house, 22nd street. [Fitz James] O'Brien has got into another row, as he confessed to Bellew, in consequence of his own insolence. He was drunk and "insulting everybody" at the New York Hotel — a place where he is in extreme ill odor) having "shewn it up" in Harper's some months ago,) when a Nicaraguan captain or colonel, resenting his remarks, licked him infernally, blacking both his eyes, damaging his nose and administering pugilistic punishment generally. Bellew had visited him to-day. The

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-06-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Books and reading


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