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and drawing hard.      Welden called.     He s been sick for the
last two or three days.         Evening writing hard, to Boutcher.
Had a visit from Damoreau.   He s ill content with Les-
lie s employ, that cat like little knave s business being rot-
ten throughout, money not forthcoming, and Leslie having rows
with Brightly.
  15. Thursday.   In doors drawing busily.  Finished letter
to Boutcher.    Waud called, on his way up town to see Dar-
ley.
  16.  Friday.  Took a pile of blocks to Strongs, &
met him at Wells & Webbs, preliminary.   Returning to room
by 4, Creecy called.     He, daily employed at Army Office
State Street.     Hillard came.    Supped at Taylors
with Creecy, then to the Lyceum to see Brougham s
new play, The Game of Life.      Trash;   mouthing sentiment,
stereotypic twaddle and melo-drama, like nothing that ever occurs
in life.  Not a spice of truth or reality in it, only the buf-
foonery and Brougham s excellent acting, good.    Nevertheless I m
glad the play is successful, though tepidly so.   I ve heard
worse stuff applauded to the echo.           Now I d wager any-
thing the author of the piece is the dupe of the land sounding
virtuous clap trap he puts in the mouths of his characters.
nay, that he has an indistinct sort of belief that all virtue
is but that.    Abuse of  the world , cant about  taint of
slander ,  twaddle about  the country,  scandal rebuked in
stereotyped phrase, Lester, as a sort of returned Australian
in Gipsy King costume, doing the melodramatic villain to a tedious
extent, Blake as the good old man with a young wife,  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Criticizes a play he saw that starred John Brougham.
Date:1853-12-14
Subject:Actors; Blake; Boutcher, William; Brightly; Brougham, John; Creecey; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Darley; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Leslie, Frank; Theater; Wallack, Lester; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.