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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 56, January 14-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03447959

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 56, January 14-15, 1858

Description: Describes meeting a former landlord of Fitz James O'Brien's, who talked about the money O'Brien owed to him.


possible. The account not made up yet. To Harpers. Missed [John] Bonner. Post Office, Frank Leslie's and return up town. Writing at night. [Fitz James] O'Brien came; in [Jesse] Haney's room. Mrs [Catharine] Potter's had a talk with Cahill and he agrees to pay up something every Monday. He owes some $40, more or less.

15. Friday. Down town per omnibus. Missed Bonner, Saw Fletcher Harper. To Pic Office where I found [Charles E.] Wilbur and Cahill. A middle-aged, shabby man came up to inquire about O'Brien, and told us how he had been his landlord in Great Jones Street, how O'B had had the best room in the house at the rent of $12 per week, with food, attendance, gas and whatnot; how O'B owed him upwards of $180, how he and his family were turned out of the house in consequence of O'B's not paying up; how O'B owed $80 and upwards at his Broadway boarding-house, $200 elsewhere and the like old news. The man had been to Harpers, who'd sent him to the Picayune. He knew O'B lived in Jersey city, said the last time he'd encountered him, O'B was drunk, in the Bowery. Furthermore he spoke of O'B's giving a Delmonico dinner at his lodgings, half at his landlord's cost. Cahill was a little inclined to be rude to the poor devil, Wilbur to chaff him, I thought it a hard case and let him talk as much as he liked — and he did like to talk a great deal. This heavy-swell Bohemianism has very dirty corners to it. Up town, dropped in at "the Pacha's" and had ten cents — the sum expended for a drink — worth of amusement in seeing how the Major is getting along. The Major was in his shirt sleeves and shabby trousers, and the Major was a little drunk and a little dingy. The bar-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-01-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bars (Drinking establishments)
19th century
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Clothing and dress


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