An Informal Rehearsal.
good-looking fellow appeared in minor demand.
He is known to be engaged; the girls seemed to
find this out indistinctively. We had a great
deal of tumultuous chorussing and nigger-singing
towards the break-up which I thought would never
come, being sick and tired.
30. Friday. Abed till 10 or later. Up, out
awhile, return. Writing a new version of Dixie s
Land for Eliza. A dull wet day. In the evening
to Haney s; not finding him in, walked down Broad-
way to within a block of 745, when I met Nichols
and Crockett who had just called there and ascer-
tained that Haney and John had left for the for-
mer s residence. So we three went to it, finding
them with Welles and Hayes, when we had an
informal rehearsal of our Christmas burlesque.
Damoreau came, having learnt whither in my
room. Ale, whist gin and water and sin-
ging subsequently; breaking up about 11, Jack
Damoreau and I going down the 5th avenue
together. Out of sorts and dull enough.
1. Saturday. Ill again. Down town to Har-
pers, saw Bonner. This is a magnificent
story, Mr Gunn, but frightfully immoral, we
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and thirty-eight|
|Description:||Describes Thanksgiving Day spent with the Edwards family.|
|Subject:||Bonner, John; Crockett, John; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Hayes, Edward; Nicholas, John G.W.; Publishers and publishing; Welles, Edward|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||745 Broadway; 5th Avenue|
|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.|