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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 66, December 30-31, 1858

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Identifier: DX03253998

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 66, December 30-31, 1858

Description: Regarding Fitz James O'Brien not writing a serial story he had promised to Frank Leslie's newspaper, Stars and Stripes.


30. Thursday. Making sketches, then down town. Twice or three times to the "Constellation" Office, missing [George] Roberts each time, to the "Omnibus" office & to Harpers. Returned through snow and slush. Writing till midnight or longer. [Fitz James] O'Brien's break off with Frank Leslie, the particulars of which I heard the other day, is funny and characteristic. He had agreed to furnish a serial story for the "Stars and Stripes," which they had announced grandiloquently in circular & advertisement. Well time came for copy, O'B said he had no place to write in &c, so they fixed up a room for him in the building. He loafed awhile, then declared he must have a bottle of Heidseick and cigars, when he would incontinently blaze away. Cigars and champagne were procured. He drank the latter, smoked the former, wrote ten pages and then left — taking M. S. with him. Next day [Henry] Clapp, who has heretofore officiated as O'Brien's jackal, comes round, says that O'B can't write without money in his pocket and must have $100! This ended the affair. Doesticks [Mortimer Thomson] declared, before his loss, that he wouldn't write for it, [John] Brougham will do scarcely anything — so [Frederick] Watson confessed to me — and I won't write unless I get money paid when I bring in copy. It's time to break off with bad paymasters.

31. Friday. Hydropathically horrible, slush, drizzle, thawing snow, mire, mud, misery. In doors doing some, though not much writing, for I’m hardly well, till after dinner. Then down town through the filth

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing


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