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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 159, April 14-15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02942445

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 159, April 14-15, 1860

Description: Describes an incident between Mort Thomson and Barney Williams.



Mort Thomson shows the White Feather.

the “patriot” which pretence Meagher threw cold water on. It was then he [Fitz James O’Brien] lied about having written for “Household Words” pointing out certain stories, which subsequently appeared in book-form, in with the real author’s name on the title-page. [Charles] Briggs told [Jesse] Haney of this, long ago. Story about of Barney Williams menacing Mort Thomson, who had written adverse criticism or in coarse taste about William’s wife. Barney accosted Mort at a theatre, told him he wouldn’t strike him, because he, Mort, knew Williams to be a wealthy man and would make money of it, but if there were any one word which would provoke Mort to give occasion for being licked, by taking the initiative in a fight, he Williams would apply it to him. Furthermore he shook his glove in Mort’s face and asked him whether he possessed any of the “Pluck” he lectured about. So its said.

15. Sunday. Writing till dinner-time. After, doze, then to Weehawken with [George] Boweryem, returning by 8. To Edwards’. The family, [Charles] Honeywell and [Jesse] Haney there, presently [James] Morris. Mattie [Edwards] in a new silvery-gray mohair frock, with “bishop-sleeves, ornamented at the shoulders with dark green buttons, with blue or decorations like leaves rising from her “dainty, dainty waist, surely one of the prettiest of “pretty virginities.” Poor

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)
Clothing and dress


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