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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 139, April 5, 1860

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Identifier: DX02927126

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 139, April 5, 1860

Description: Regarding the borrowing habits of Fitz James O'Brien and Henry Clapp.



[Fitz James] O’Brien and [Henry] Clapp’s “borrowing.”

an enormous “sell” on the “Yankees” and making a good sum of money by it, so he offered to advance the funds. We shall probably do it. I’ve no scruples of conscience on such a subject.

Writing, a little drawing. Out in the afternoon in Broadway. Returning met [Jesse] Haney at our door. He supped with us, stayed afterwards till 9 or later in my room. [James] Morris, Billington, [Frank] Cahill and [George] Boweryem there. Out with Haney, meeting Alf Waud, on going down stairs, who left us at Broadway. To Edwards’. With the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards], Jack [Edwards] and Mr. and Mrs E. [George and Sarah Edwards] till 11. Cahill was introduced, to’ther night, to certain members of his new avot avocation. He describes them as “commercial traveller-”like men. He don’t like the business, “getting into fellows confidence and then telling everything,” though he supposes that in time he shall think nothing of it

During his “Ornithorynchus” days Cahill lent O’Brien some $17, more or less, of course never getting repaid. [N.G.] Shepherd has been equally green towards Clapp, lending him $10. O’Brien “tried it on,” too, with Shepherd, but unsuccessfully. Generous-souled fellow, O’Brien! he never bears malice, not he! he’ll ask a man for money in the morning whom he has insulted overnight! Clapp has swindled the man [Robert] Pearsall, — a weak, well-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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