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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 158, April 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02941678

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 158, April 14, 1860

Description: Regarding Fitz James O'Brien's habits and roots.



[Fitz James] O’Brien’s Decadence and Origin.

he [O’Brien] occupied a room and is now “on town” in every sense. He looked deplorably shaky and wandered in talk, on visiting [Jesse] Haney, to-day. The Clover Hill party was to have consisted of [Charles] Gayler, its getter-up, George Arnold, O’Brien, [Charles] Nordhoff, one of the young Harpers and Frank Wood. [N.G.] Shepherd received an invitation, but declined, anticipating that the expense would fall on one or two, and that the party would terminate in drunkenness. Young Wood, formerly a mild-spoken six-feet of vapidity, has become a good deal of a drunkard and more of an habitual swearer, his mildest exclamation being the utterance of the name of the second person in the Trinity. If O’Brien continue his present career, he’ll die miserably enough; nor do I suppose he’ll ever re-cross the Atlantic. The talk about his patrician kins-folk is all Blatherskite and Erin go Brag; money has never been sent to him during his sorest need. His father is said to be a Cork lawyer, one in struggling circumstances, one Bryan, for the “Fitz” as well as the “O’” is assumed by his son, who first, as I recollect, called himself James Fitzjames O’Brien, subsequently sinking the first James. It was then that he pretended to cousinship with Smith O’Brien

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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