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for two hours, procuring also a bottle of ale, and sandwiches. (He
has an extreme appetite, since his bodily sickness, when he scarcely
ate at all.)     We went up the river, Price, and the boatman
(who told me he had been at Greytown just subsequently to its 
bombardment,) rowing.    The river looked pretty and tranquil,
many swans being on it.    Arrived within a mile of Richmond,
after Harry had been, with difficulty, prevented from taking a
bathe, at a spot where we stopped for beer, we turned back.   To
town in cab again, Harry talking incessantly, and sometimes af-
fectingly, till my head ached, and he, leaning beside me fell asleep,
continuing so till we reached his residence, at 9 o clock.       I stayed
an hour or so, had a bit of talk with his mother, and then left.
			       May
  1.  Tuesday.  Within doors, drawing.  Wrote to Chacombe.
  2.  Wednesday.  In the evening to Miss Kelly s little 
theatre in Dean Street Soho, Will Waud having sent me a
ticket, and intimation of the performance being an amateur one,
the male players being, mostly, young architects.  Smallfield was
there, Allom, his son and daughter, and many fellows from
London offices.    The first piece, Bourcicault s  Love in a Maze 
was excellently done, the amateurs, (with one exception, who s praise
must be somewhat modified,) acquitting themselves to the fill as well
as professionals.    One Dudley, who did the fopling lord was especially
good, and became a favourite.       Waud, I saw, was a  steward 
appearing in white kid gloves, and finding place for the ladies.   The
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes attending an amateur theater performance by London architects at Miss Kelly's theater.
Date:1855-04-30
Subject:Allom; Allom, Arthur; Allom, Amy; Dudley; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Price, Harry; Price, Mrs.; Smallfield; Theater; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):London, [England]
Coverage (Street):Dean Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.