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[handbill for Edwards family s 1859 Christmas party]
                                                THEATRE DES EDWARDS.
	The never-to-be sufficiently appreciated, and ineffably-aspiring Managers of this
                             GORGEOUS HISTRIONIC WALLHOLLER,
Hereby announce to an admiringly-paralyzed solar system, that they have at an immense
outlay, involving the exhausting of seventeen California Gold Mines, five Peruvian 
ditto, three Russian Malachite ditto, the sale of several blocks Landed Property, on 
the contraction of an Enormous Loan from BARON SOLOMON ROTHSCHILD, who 
arrived in this Country, for that express object, they have, they repeat, after years of 
and labor, succeeding in procuring
	                              A Drama of Stupendous Interest!
Such as even the Immortal Shakspeare never dreamed of, much less hoped to realize. 
	Wonderful Production will be presented to a delighted universe on
                                              CHRISTMAS EVENING,
Which, by permission of E. Merriam, Professor of Weather-glassology, Secretary to the 
in the Moon, and Tide-waiter-in-Chief to the U.S., has been fixed for this occasion only, 
                                      Monday, December 26th, 1859.
 	In accouncing which, the aforesaid Managers wish to state, incidentally, that upwards
of FOUR MILLION SEWING MACHINES, animate and inanimate (the former the
prettiest and most skillful that could be got for love or money,) have been unremittingly
employed, day and night, for FOURTEEN YEARS, involving the breakage fo Seventy-
Million Four Hundred Thousand Needles; the utterance of Two Hundred Million  Dear 
Me s! 
 My Graciouses!  and  How Provoking s!  on this WONDERFUL DRAMA, in 
the indispensable and inconceivable
	                             MAGNIFICENT DRESSES,
     While a Gorgeous Galaxy of Artistic Auxilaries have devoted their utmost energies
and largest paint brushes to the
	                            STUPENDOUS SCENERY.
The Reds, Blues, Yellows, Purples, Greens, and other changefuly-irridescent colors 
upon said scenery have been imported expressly from the RAINBOW and AURORA
BOREALIS, by PROFESSOR LOWE, (which undertaking prevented his recently 
journey to Europe.)  These colors were mixed by the two hands of
	                               D. F. TIEMANN, Esq.,
                               The mere mention of the name of
Author of  Pick-nickery Poeticised,  an Historic Poem, in Sixty-three Cantos; 
a mystery;  A Joke,  in Three Volumes;  The Behemoth of the Baffin s Bay;   Shaving
and Shavers;   Nebechudnezzar the Noseless and Nobbles, his Dog;   The Haunted
Humguffin!   Pellucid Warblings;   The Bul-bul in Boots, or Puffs from a Narghile; 
 The Skinned Kangaroo, or the Spectral Shrimp Eater;  etc., etc., will vouchsafe for its
                              TRANSCENDENT EXCELLENCE.
		While the world-famous appellation of
	Stanfield Telbin Apelles Tommaso Nast,
Scenic Artist-in-Chief to His Majesty of Dahomey, the Grand Llama, etc., will speak 
tongued as to the surpassing merits of the mise en scene.  To do justice to the 
magnificence of
		                          THE COSTUMES
Might tire the Tongue of Eloquence itself while the Wing of Fancy droops despairingly 
in the
attempt to scale the Empyrean Heights of Sartorial Effulgence attained in this 
Suffice it to say, that the looms of Tyre, Sidon, Manchester, Lowell, Nineveh, Tinicum 
Communipaw, have been ceaselessly engaged upon them.  Omitting further prelude then, 
Managers beg to announce that this UNASSUMING TRIFLE will be entitled
                                  The Baffled Buffer of the Bosphorus.
		              A LEGEND OF THE ORIENT.
		   The following is the Cast of Characters:
Barbazure, Bashaw of Bobinabobinople, subsequently the Baffled Buffer,
								Signor Haynau Heynhi.
Bibbobobobubble, His Valet and Barber,     -     -     -     -     Signor Nastonetti.
Mahmoud Mahomet, Brother-in-law to Barbazure,     -     Monsieur Melbien.
Fatty-ma, Bride to Barbazure,     -     -     -     -     -     -     Mlle. Nedwelsini.
Anne,  Sister to Fatty-ma,     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     Mlle. Jacques.
Flibbertygibbet, Small Brother of Fatty-ma,     -     Master Gnickgneddles.
	We subjoin an Ode to the Gifted Author, by a Bard no less endowed with the 
riches of genius: 
			A Noad, to the Author of  Barbazure. 
			Tremendous Genus! Whair kin you discuvver
			Your ekal for a show?  We see you huvver
			Like a grait Vulture, over all the crowd
			Of uther Potes, a yellin  verry loud.
			You spread yourself into the Air so bammy,
			Becos you ve got a Talon for the Drammy.
			You sale ahed of all the uther Bards,
			And maik a Drammy that aint got no Weds;
			You drop it onto the grait Theatre Des Edwards,
			And like the most royal berds,
			Screech in triumph.
			Subsequent to BARBAZURE, will be achieved a
ARIA from Ill Trovatorem			By Signor AMODIO NASSOLETTI.
SONG from the Maid of Milan,		By Signorina SQUALINI.
	                                    ROUND GAMES,
			         THE TRAGEDY OF
		                      THE CANDY BAG,
		      And the Humorous Divertisement entitled
		                          SNAP DRAGON!
		   In both of which the entire Company will join.
	As the Management is in favor of early hours, the performances will not be 
after 4 A. M.
	P. S.  Seats can be secured for Ten Years in advance.	
		Reserved Seats,     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     $1,000
		Private Boxes,     -     -     -     -     -     -     12   Cents.
		Orchestra Sears,     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     Free.
	N. B.  The audience is expected to find its own bouquets, as those furnished by 
Management last season, were never thrown to the performers.
	P. P. S.  The audience is further requested to ascertain the places for applause 
without any help from any quarter.
	P. P. P. S.  Any one laughing during the progress of the Farces, or weeping while 
Tragedy is being enacted, will be supplied with a copy of the Irving Magazine, and will
be obliged to read it.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and fifty-five
Description:Handbill for the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Theater; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.