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Rowelish, Haney made (and played)
a capital Bluebeard and Wells was exceed-
ingly ludicrous in Fatima.  During the toilet
scene, Mrs Edwards kept exclaiming  How does he
know it?  and everybody was immensely interes-
ted.     I sat on the side shelf, adjacent to the row
formed by Mrs Edwards, Mrs T and the others.
The burlesque song and dance by Wells, the
ditto aria by Nast followed, successful, but
hardly loud enough.    Then Haney and Hayes
did the farce of Box and Cox, Jack playing
Mrs Bouncer.   Hayes was the feature of this; did
Cox splendidly.   He s up in the part; has played
it often before.     Applause and hand-clapping
to everything.    Dancing next, Virginia Reel,
easiest and liveliest of dances.   As it involves
a figure in which one has to touch every feminine
hand in company, I anticipating Fanny and Co
might stand up, had thought of not joining, but
the impression why should I deny myself pleasure 
because of her undesired presence suddenly induced
me to take my place with Eliza as partner.
Neither Fan nor Grace danced.   I suppose Clif
Thomson would take care the latter had a chance,
whether she had orders from the enemy to sit still
I don t know.     Ella  danced with honest Jack,
looking particularly nosey and contemptuous of the
better people among whom she moved.     I am pretty
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1859-12-26
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; Nast, Thomas; Theater; Thomson, Clifford; Thomson, Sophy; Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.