Born in County Cork and raised primarily in Limerick, Ireland, Fitz-James O'Brien moved to New York City in 1852.
Though largely unreadable, this column includes several notes on current and forthcoming publications. Of the items that it is possible to read, there is a reprint of remarks made in the Boston Transcript about the Purtian founders of Massachusetts, a reprint of several questions from the Philadelphia Press about the pome "Miles Standish," and a long note on Victor Hugo. The column ends with a summary of the contents of major American magazines for Decemeber and the contents of international magazines for November.
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