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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 76, February 27-28, 1858

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Identifier: DX03464584

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 76, February 27-28, 1858

Description: Regarding a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story, The Diamond Lens, which he was accused of having plagiarized from William North.


paid his own low expenses. Also he [Charles Welden] spake of the "Diamond Lens" controversy, which turns out disasterously for [Fitz James] O'Brien. Both Merrick, [Charles Bailey] Seymour, [Thomas] Picton & [Alfred] Guernsey depose to having seen [William] North's M.S. — the original story. Picton’s out in a letter to today's Times about it. Apropos of O'B, his last excentricity consists in walking up Broadway with a gaudily striped umbrella, such as shops use for signs. On a former occasion he and a companion sold strings of fish and Sunday papers — just as folks were coming out of church. They met Guernsey and offered him some. They were sober at the time. O'Brien was drunk during the umbrella display. [Frank] Cahill and [John A.] Wood saw him.

28. Sunday. To [Frank] Pounden's by 1, dined there and stayed till 6, then to Doestick's [Mortimer Thomson's]. Himself, wife [Anna Thomson] and mother [Sophy Thomson] within. The talk turned on [James] Parton’s "[Life of Aaron] Burr." Thomson very denunciatory of it, and furthermore of the American Revolution, declaring republicanism a failure. That it is so in this country I thoroughly believe, but 'tis odd to find a Pro-British American. He magnified England and the working of its government, said he was in favor of the ascendancy of "an amiable despot," and believed that North and South would fight, that latter getting tremendously licked. Furthermore he pitched into the Opera and [William] Shakspere. To Parton's. Jim suffering from the Atlantic Monthly, to which he's written an answer for the Tribune. [Philip] Ripley told him that the author of the criticism had been amassing materials for a life of Burr, himself, and that he had done a brief memoir from Appleton’s Cyclopaedia. Fanny [Fern] narrating stories of her school pranks at Miss Catherine Beecher's, in Hartford, Conn. How she had stolen pies nocturnally; how she, in conjunction with other girls, had made up an abom-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1858-02-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Short stories
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Revolution, 1775-1783


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