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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 46, December 28-30, 1857

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Identifier: DX03439661

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 46, December 28-30, 1857

Description: Describes Fits James O'Brien's habits and personality.


and thinks it enough to say of an author "I detest Reade." He [Fitz James O'Brien] likes [William Makepeace] Thackeray and appreciates his humor and power and ability not his high purpose. His idea is, after having had his fling, gone through all the pleasant vices, to get married. He was estimated as a fortune hunter, by the Times fellows, had the entree to houses on the Fifth Avenue, but soon used himself up in them. All Irishmen estimate a successful marriage by "any money with her?" It is said, however that O'Brien will be rich some day. His mother has married again, and there’s no family ensuing. He is a good looking fellow of, I suppose, 38 or more, his worst feature being a retreating chin. It is to men like him, that people owe their opinions of the unreliableness, the half-dishonesty of the literary craft. He'll never write a true book let him live as long as he may.

29. Tuesday. Down town in the afternoon, to [Frank] Leslie's, Post Office &c. At night to "the Pasha," Major Piercy's newly taken bar and restaurant (!) Never was such an idea of one. Down a long, narrow passage by which you pass one bar, which belongs to the Irving house, in the rear premises of which, is the Mayor's place. I found him there, a barman, a boy and about a dozen of the 7th Regiment of Militia. Went to fetch [John] Brougham from the theatre, waited at stage entrance, behind the scenes, brought him. Supper at "the Pasha." A slow business. To bed by one.

30. Wednesday. A letter from Alf Waud. Mary [Waud] getting stout again and wears a wig, her head having been shaved three times. "Business dull. Was idling worse than ever —" its painted to see how he wastes his

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-12-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Books and reading


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