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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 219, December 16-18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04134152

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 219, December 16-18, 1853

Description: Mentions hearing from Charles Welden how Fitz James O'Brien has been saying Gunn's ghost story in the Whig Review was translated from a French story, a lie.


a feeble nephew who wants to ruin his young wife by slanderous testimony of said returned Gipsy King Australian, and love letter, — that’s the play — bah! I hate that carver & golden sort of morality of surface talk in plays. The honest, autopoken of morality of the Beggars opera, or the subtle wit of the matchless School for Scandal ought to rebuke it for ever. Supped at Florence’s & parted, subsequently.) [Charles] Welden called on me in the morning. I think he had been imbibing a little, and he talked freely of [Charles Bailey] Seymour and [Fitz James] O’Brien. How the latter had told gratis lies about my poor Ghost Story in the Whig Review, saying that it had been translated, adapted, stolen from the french. [words crossed out] I who can’t read a line of french am likely to have thought of such a thing! Little thought I when scribbling away in the Leonard street attic, of such a charge. Nevertheless [word crossed out] both Seymour, (alias Bailey) & O’Brien have industriously lied to that effect. And the former [word crossed out] ridiculed, vilified and tattled of our Staten Island summer ramble, when I & [Alfred] Waud admitted him to our company. And O’Brien always “carries loaded pistols” — (bah, — the coward!) since he was licked at Burton’s theatre. And tis surmised that Seymour does the same. [words crossed out]

17. Saturday. A complete muddy, London day. In doors till afternoon, then to Picayune for money. Charley Damoreau came in the evening, to bid me call on the morrow. I drawing till midnight.

18. Sunday. Yatman came up. / Dined at Erfords, then for a walk, down the chill, breezy, sunny Broadway, &

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Short stories


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