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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 164, June 19-20, 1858

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Identifier: DX03544940

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 164, June 19-20, 1858

Description: Gives the details of Fitz James O'Brien's fight with Captain Farnham.


financial state — he [William Waud] did the swell, took her [Sarah Candee] to theatres, hired carriages &c at the expense of his creditors. He has plenty of employment, but is long and slow over it. Unpleasant subject. In confidence. Don't tell others in such harsh tones." All true enough. Will Waud is just simply a selfish, conceited loafer. I suppose he married the girl on his usual principle of action — that of denying himself no indulgene he could come at. He’ll neglect, perhaps ill-use, or desert her, if he grow tired of his plaything. For the future, he don’t think of it, apart from an indefinite impression that abilities like his must raise him to fortune &c. (He has abilities but no industry.) A morbid ambitio impels him, not to exertion, but to a miserable Mauicheanish dispraise of others. He affects or tries to believe that all is humbug and pretence — that chance rules the world not justice. It's a dreary Atheism, and no good comes of it. Enough of him. Phonography. Writing. Drawing all the afternoon. To the doctors in the evening, he not at home. Called at [George] Arnold's. Return. Writing. [Frank] Cahill & [Bob] Gun playing cribbage in the latter’s room.

20. Sunday. Up by 5. In doors till evening. Knees swollen and stiff, limbs aching extremely — the legitimate result, says the doctor (whom I called upon) of bile. To [E.H.] Chapin's, and then to Edwards', returning with [Jesse] Haney. [Fitz James] O'Brien's antagonist was a Captain Farnham. The man was showing tricks at cards, which provoked some insulting comment on O'Brien's part. The ex-filibuster got his antagonist’s head "in chancery," and didn't spare it. For a man who crows on his "muscle" our

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-06-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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