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	Fanny Ellsler s Revenge.
impulsive, wilful and passionate, addicted to
a general habit of  letting things slide  diversified
with bursts of imperious temper.    Their pseudo-
modesty is edifying; they ll hardly hold up their
dresses in the street at the risk of letting their
feet be seen.    They dress plainly out of doors, gaud-
ily in, being Turkish in that particular.         Colt
(whose experience, though extensive) could not have
been of a high order) reported Southern women
very accessible in one sense, relating hotel instan-
ces.         There s a good story told apropos of
Charleston theatre and the modesty of its t lady
population.   When Fanny Ellsler danced there, a
deputation of young men waited upon her, profes-
sing their delight, as that of their mothers and
sisters but requesting on the part of the latter that
she would wear a little longer skirts and be
less liberal in her ballet developments.  Fanny
was indignant, but they sm soothed and flatter-
ed her into compliance.     However on the last
night of her performance, when the papers had
been ringing with her praises and the house was
crowded with the  fashion and beauty  of Char-
leston, Fanny took a characteristically French
revenge by appearing in the shortest of skirts and
indulging in the most daring of evolutions   to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Relates a story about Fanny Elssler's performances in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-07
Subject:Ballet; Clothing and dress; Colt, Amos H.; Elssler, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes 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, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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.