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      To the Play with Lizzie Woodward.
to the wanting a dinner business, as it as-
suredly will.      Improvident, cracked, deboshed,
good-humored, egotistic, offensive, the great-
est of bores, no one can judge him seriously,
or refrain from wishing some impossible pat-
ron might help him into a situation again,
as once happened.   If not, what repetition
of misery awaits the poor devil!      Any way
he ll die in a garret and be buried by
contribution.x            O Brien has joined
the 7th Regiment, on the chance of getting a
free passage to England, during the visit to
the Volunteers which Bellew is trying to 
engineer through.
  9.  Saturday.   A wet, in-doors day.  Wri-
ting.    In the evening the weather cleared up,
and, revolting at more imprisonment, I pro-
posed to Lizzie Woodward that we should go
to the play.    So we did, and saw Tobin s
 Honeymoon  and  Oliver Twist,  Miss Cushman
in both.        She did Nancy in the latter admirably
and terribly.            My companion was quite a
new playgoer, hadn t been to the theatre thrice
in her life.    She looked quite pretty.
  10.  Sunday.   Another dull but not a
rainy day; wasted all the morning.   Richard-
  x I have heard it was in Potter s Field.  April, 1880.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page eighteen
Description:Mentions going to the theater with Lizzie Woodward.
Date:1861-03-08
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cushman, Pauline; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York State Militia Infantry Regiment, 7th; O´┐ŻBrien, Fitz James; Richardson (boarder); Theater; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.