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impudence, pushing our way towards the rostrum and trust-
ing to chances.   An attendant got seats for Haney and Cahill; I es-
consed myself on the steps beside the lecturer, where I was closer
to her (and more generally prominent) than the rest of the audience.
So I had a good look at Lola.  She must have been exceedingly
handsome, is now a trifle passee, has very fine dark eyes, nose
just a little bit acquiline, good profile, beautiful throat and
black hair.   She was drest in exquisite taste, black velvet,
not low in the neck, with white-lace berthe or collar, or whatever
the women call it.   The graceful slope of her back and full-
though not crinolinely-vulgarized-redundant-swell of skirt
was as Parisian as though she d stept out of Gavarni.  She
has a pleasant voice, indicative, though, of latent shrewishness
when she grows excited; and speaks with a French accent.   The
lecture  On the Wits and Women of Paris  was amusing, dis-
cursive, ungrammatical, immethodical and anecdotal.  You
could read the woman very well through it. (She does write her
own lectures.)   Her admiration of Dumas, Mery &c and their
free and easy lives, gettings into debt and theatrical generosities
was very characteristic.   She quoted a very ^|un-|equivocal answer
of   I think   Dejazet s the actress, who being questioned as to
how she had acquired such formative, jewelry &c said It
was the result of a thousand and one nights.   The audience were
hardly quick-witted enough to catch this.       She pitched into Ameri-
can ladies respecting there love of dress   whereat some of them
scowled and the men applauded.             Parton, Fanny Fern &
her daughter were present in the gallery, though we didn t perceive
them.                Here s a story or two of Lola, from Clapp who
knew her in Paris and visits her now.           In order to avoid the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-eight
Description:Describes attending a lecture by Lola Montez titled ''On the Wits and Women of Paris.''
Date:1858-02-08
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clothing and dress; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lectures and lecturing; Montez, Lola; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.