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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 137, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03311515

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 137, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding the rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy.


darker ages have bequeathed to it, is yet so much nearer heav the kingdom of heaven than this foul republic! He [James Parton] resents my calling it a half-barbarism, by the way. When no man has deepened that conviction with more direct and indirect testimony. It's quite natural that [Jesse] Haney should have faith in it being an American born, but that Parton should sometimes talk of it as though it were in a more hopeful way than his own grand country, is only explainable by his having got tainted with the accursed materialism which runs through American life — inculcating of all things admiration of material success.

Old Shelton MacKenzie has written an article on [Fitz James] O'Brien, in the Constellation; just the sort of article one Irishman would write of another. There's one lie in it, I know, that asserting the precedence of [Mortimer] Doesticks articles Witches of N.Y over O'B's fortune tellers. All the rest I've heard before. The assumed baronetry has caused much mirth to those who know the man. It's in accordance with his principle of when desperately cornered to do something audacious. "When in doubt, play a trump." Not being known in Boston and anticipating that a real live baronet might get the entree to "society" — O'B's constant aspiration — he has trumped up this characteristic lie. He started it first in a letter to the Times, as I learnt

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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