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	The Opera-Tickets.
	September, 1860.
  23.  Sunday.  In doors writing and doing
chores all day till evening, then to Chapin s,
where I found George Edwards and his wife in
the family pew.      To 745 with them subsequent-
ly.       Knudsen and Haney there and the family.
Stayed till 11.                   It s a half-sad, half-
funny business about the opera-tickets, I find.
I got  em to oblige people, principally the girls, and
now I very much question if on the few times on
which I retain  em to please other folks   who love
the opera as much as they do   there isn t a feeling
of dissatisfaction if not of resentment.     I ve marked
it in Eliza, I m pretty sure.          There was some
incidental talk to-night about Saturday s opera,
when Haney turning to Jack in an off-hand man-
ner said,  Oh! you can have the opera-glass for
to-morrow night!  and one of the girls   Sally,
I think   added that wouldn t be of use, without the
tickets.        I replied very quietly that Jack was
quite welcome to the opera-glass.      When we were
going out the honest fellow asked if the tickets were
engaged, to which I answered, truly, yes.         In
fact there d been a quiet little arrangement before-
hand, as to somebody s going.      Sometime back
I frankly told Haney why I d agreed to do
the  Courier  article, to get the tickets, when he
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page five
Description:Regarding trouble with allotting season opera tickets to friends.
Date:1860-09-23
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Sunday courier.; Opera
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):745 [Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.