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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 56, July 13, 1859

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Identifier: DX03053141

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 56, July 13, 1859

Description: Describes a story told by Rosenberg about how Fitz James O'Brien didn't pay his rent at his boarding house.


[sub]ject, I put down Rosenberg's account of O’B [Fitz James O’Brien]'s characteristic Diddlerism at a boarding house, in this city, where both of them boarded. After getting in debt to the amount of $80 or $100, O'B, in answer to the landlord's repeated applications, informed him impressively that he "should have no money for him" for two weeks, when his play being produced, the debt should be discharged in full. Towards the running out of this period, he gave a supper to half a dozen fellows, actors &c ([John] Brougham among them) as desirous of celebrating the performance of his play in advance, "having no better" about it; inducing the landlord to further expenditure, in wands &c, ordering in champagne and liqueurs from two different wine-merchants. The party kept it up till morning, making a devil of a row, getting drunk, and when they departed O'Brien accompanied one of their number — to return no more to that boarding house! The table suffered such deterioration in quality in consequence of the landlord's losses, that Rosenberg (who stood it until it came down to bread and butter and onions for tea!) had, with his wife to leave also. Story told by Rosenberg of N.P. Willis, to whom he had warm letters of introduction, on arriving at this country, proposing to marry him to a fortune, and on discovering that he was already married dropping his acquaintance, till then quite assiduously cultivated. "It's damned

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-07-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
19th century


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