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that I lived and enjoyed the wondrous beauty of the scene.
Disembarkation. Laurel Hill. Up a country lane, that but
for the occasional note of a  Katy-did  might have been in the
heart of old England; then a walk along a hot dusty road, then 
got permitted to Enter the Cemetery, spite of my non-possession
of a ticket.	Well content could I be to lay there   in Laurel 
Hill Cemetery, when my  life s fever s o er.  Monuments, incrip-
tions, many touchingly simple and in good taste, flowers, trees,
hill and rock and river, sunlight streaming around leaves    Aye
now am I in Arden!     An hour thus; then turned my face town-
wards, dining on bread and cheese and porter at a little road-side inn
nigh to the Cemetery.	  Little steamer again, Fairmount, great
contention among the jarveys in waiting as to whose vehicle I should go
in. 	The Exchange.   Looking about for a boarding house for an hour;
then to Mr. Stareaker s.   Got three Manuscripts to illustrate.     To
David s and tea. 		Seeing by the papers that  Romeo and
Juliet  was to be played at Burtons went thither. Fanny Wallack
as Juliet   don t know who as Romeo, or I d  write him down an ass.  
The piece was Garrick s botch of Shakespeare, with all the Juliet-
awakening   how cold it is   scene.   Much of Juliet well played   but
the Mercutio done as well.	How deeply Shakespeare, even indiffer-
ently played, and perverted, can interest and carry all feelings of all
auditors along with him.   The old, old love story of the lovers of
Verona ;   family feuds, soul absorbing Love, the Italian girl,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty-nine
Description:Comments on sight-seeing in Philadelphia. Mentions seeing a production of ''Romeo and Juliet.''
Date:1849-09-12
Subject:Actors; Cemeteries; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, Pa.); Stareaker; Theater; Wallack, Fanny
Coverage (City/State):[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.