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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 112, February 16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03291205

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 112, February 16, 1859

Description: Tells a story about Fitz James O'Brien trying to escape a creditor.


Lindon proceeding. Heard a characteristic thing of him [Fitz James O'Brien], too. I was not the only person who noticed his name in the papers. That unfortunate old man in blue specs, whom he owes $125 or so, for board, who must have become quite an "old man of the Sea" to O'B for one meets this equally unlucky and pertenacious creditor everywhere, in newspaperdom, when he launches out into his piteous and prolix details to anybody who will listen to him — this old man, then, goes to the hotel and tells his story to the book-keepers. Word is conveyed to O'B. "Man wants money? send him up!" is the order. Man is shown up accordingly, an employee accompanying him, probably to see how the land lay. “"Good morning, Mr O'Brien," says creditor. "You have the advantage of me, sir!" says O'B. "Isn't 'your' name O'Brien, sir? don't you recollect me? — owe me so and so," says creditor. "Never saw you before in my life!" says O'B. And he persisted in denying his identity, and the poor man had to go away, making nothing by the visit. Pretty recently O'B was so hard up, he had to camp in [Henry] Clapp's room. They both vilify each other now. O'B is everyday a dropper in at [Jesse] Haney's office. Wonder what he expects to make by it? The Pattens are back here from Washington. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur just as usual — boring people. The women lock their room doors against her at night — have to do it.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-02-16

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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