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  15.  Tuesday.  Letter from Hannah.  The old grandfather
who died eight days ago, was, on Saturday last, buried in Chacombe
churchyard, being borne thither by his farm labourers, and followed
by his children and grandchildren.    /        Within doors.   To Sam s
in the evening.   Tilly  away, at Oxford again.
  16.  Wednesday.   Will Waud calling in the afternoon, with
him to 27 Great James Street, where Clarke has just removed to.
Three rooms in an upper story, in a quiet street, partaking of
the legal air of the adjacent district of Grays Inn.   We found
George putting things to rights, having nearly completed the same;
had a smoke, part of a tankard of perry, tea, and then, the
three of us proceeded to the Olympic.     A drama of some ability
by Tom Taylor, and Plance s  Yellow Dwarf,  (which last was
the attraction that drew me thither. /     Robson the actor certainly
deserves his reputation, and is, I should say, unmatchable in elvish
and grotesquely hideous parts.   A dance he did was most extraordi-
nary.     I should much like to see him play Le Sage s Asmo-
deus.      George Clarke leaving early, I and Waud supped at
the Cyder Cellars, where Madrigal singing, and comic performances
by Ross were the order of the night, or rather morning.   Home
by 1  .                               What a many good qualities a man
may have, and yet be thoroughly un-likeable withal!  Will Waud
is clever, good looking, can appreciate and sometimes say a good
thing, and yet here have I learned to like George Clarke thrice
as much as he.    There s a rampant, repellant, loudly expres-
sed disbelief in all that is good and hopeful about him, (Waud;)
a proneness to say  nay to all,  to turn the dirty side of things
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy
Description:Describes a night at the theater with George Clarke and Will Waud.
Date:1855-05-15
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Clarke, George; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jenkins, Tilly; Robson; Taylor, Tom; Theater; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Coverage (Street):27 Great James 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.