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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 60, July 17, 1859

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Identifier: DX03056267

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 60, July 17, 1859

Description: Regarding Fitz James O'Brien's latest fight.


house, for my part. Let one say what you will in behalf of the natural want of thought in youth, there's just a spice of ingratitude in't too, in being so ready to throw over, for new faces, fellows whom they must know have always regarded them with gentleness and kindness. It matters less about me, who until of late, have never been specially intimate, but [Jesse] Haney’s known 'em [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] from baby-hood. Being both of us lonely enough in daily life, cast among more than enough of arid people, we had delighted to believe in these girls so entirely, as good and unaffected and unspoiled. All smashed for me! I drop back on observation, on an extra cynical pipe and Work. Mort Thomson, returned from a visit to Boston, reports particulars of [Fitz James] O'Brien's recent licking, which was infinitely more severe than has been supposed. Mort talked with his antagonist, the bar-tender. O'B was drunkenly insolent, again and again, till the man, provoked beyond endurance, leapt over the counter and pitched into him. O'B kept his room for three weeks — or rather the room of an acquaintance. Bar-tender was 30 lbs less than his adversary in weight. O'B has had delirum tremens twice while in Boston, and is a good deal nearer the bottom of the inclined plane he has always been descending. He insulted another man subsequent to the fight at the Tremont, and was literally car-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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