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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 83, January 18, 1859

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Identifier: DX03267724

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 83, January 18, 1859

Description: Describes a conversation with Fitz James O'Brien at the Saturday Press office.


others being present. [Fitz James] O'Brien chose to assume his ultra-insolent, supercilious airs towards me, wherefore we had a little conversational spar. Learning I was "on" the Constellation, he proposed sending a message to [Park] Benjamin, apropos of our big signs &c — that we needed a band of music in the upper windows. I informed him we intended more than that — namely private bands to precede the individual members of the editorial staff when they went out to lunch &. "I look upon Benjamin as a literary qu swindler!" says O'B. I repressed a reply which was on the tip of my tongue and rep intimated that P. B. could probably hold his own in any controversy. "He owns holds other peoples' own" quoth O'Bouncer. Whereupon I lamented that the case was not solitary among the craft — granting its truth (which I doubted) as applicable to Benjamin. Anon I followed up with a neatish dig at the Saturday Press's having achieved its 2nd volume — and about its 13th weekly number — a dodge to entrap advertisers into belief in its substantiality. Seated on the counter, swinging my legs, I felt in spirits enough to talk any "sarce" even to the most impudent Irishman I ever met in my life. What a host of hates must cluster around O'Brien, and for the most part deservedly! I wonder he can sleep — but for his triple infernal, ingrained, all-absorbing selfishness he couldn't. Only the other day he set to borrow $5 from [Jesse] Haney, having paved the way hitherto, by smaller loans, which

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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