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	     Newman.       Patti.
to conceive the possibility of their being heroes
besides Agamemnon, said he  had no hesita-
tion in declaring  that certain drawings of
Bellew s were  as good  as any in the old cou-
try!       Don t begin to understand that F. B.
may be everyway above him.          Newman is
light-haired, at a distance youthful looking, 
on closer inspection, his face very seamed and
wrinked.       Said an American publisher had
asked him to write  a book on this country!
(Four days experience, and three of them wet
ones! one would like to know that publisher!)
Told both men as much civil truth as I 
could; they went to  private  view of the National
Academy Exhibition (which is always more crow-
ded than on ordinary occasions) Boweryem
and I to the Opera, where I saw Patti
for the first time.    A dear little girl with a
charming, intelligent face, surely the youngest
of prima donnas, and New York s deserved
favorite.        She played in  Don Pasquale. 
  12.  Thursday.   Lovely, cool, sunny day,
doubly delicious after the rain.      A note from
Lotty (!) inviting me to visit her at Ford-
ham, saying that Granville sailed in the
City of Washington, for England on Saturday.
Will he come, minutely, under the observation
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Mentions seeing the young prima donna Patti at the opera.
Date:1860-04-11
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Frank; Boweryem, George; Granville, Arthur (Alleyne); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Newman; Opera; Patti
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.