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there, and then, an hour after sunset, to Brooklyn, called on boatman Long, whom
I found in company with his fellow labourer Connor, two women, and any mount of 
children,
a snug fire, and their evening meal in progress.     Crossed to the Island, the two boat-
men and females all going from thence to New York.    To the Hospital where was Barth,
Sergeant Buchman, Creecy and Livers, playing Whist.     Sate awhile in converse,
after the whist-game ended, then to bed.  (Got many  Mosey  expressions from the 
players)
  26. Friday.  Writing closely all day, Second Chapter of  Ike Chivvles ,  Barth being
inspired by the example scribbling also.   At sunset, the idea having been before mooted
over to New York to see Forrest play Spartacus the Gladiator. A dense crowd, it
being towards the close of his brief engagement, as well as his benefit night;   ter-
rific squeezing to get up stairs. The house filled from floor to roof.   He is a fine
actor spoiled, good in some places, in others a mere  robustuous pering-parted fellow
tearing a passion all to tatters, out heroding Herod,    In the death scene he
actually concluded with a long drawn spasmodic snort.  By the by that s a beautiful
final sentence of Bird s, the author, for the dying Gladiator
			 There are green valleys in Thrace    
dissimilarly-akin to Falstaff s  babbing of green fields .     The play is a good one,
and a good-acting one.   In the part wherin  Spartacus recieves the news of his
wife and child s death from his brother I think his acting was most excellant.
Being called on after, with stentor-like b hoy clamor, he made a bit of a speech
in sufficiently bad taste, as usual, talking of his heart having been tried by the sorest af-
fliction &c.  What an honored and honorable career that man might have chosen,
in place of rowdy approbation and mob applause.           Meeting Livers outside,
Barth and he played a game of billiards together, then about midnight we three re-
turned to the Island together, via Brooklyn boatman, (Saw the  Ike Chivvles  posters on 
our way)
  27. Saturday.     Out about 11 to New York, to the Traveller Office with M S.
To Leonard Street, saw Hooper junior, & got a letter from Alf Waud.  Dined
at Shelleys, then to Greene Street, but the fair Philadelphian was not at home.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Comments on seeing a play with Mr. Forrest playing the role of Spartacus.
Date:1851-09-25
Subject:Actors; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Beukman; Connor; Creecey; Forrest, Edwin; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hooper (roommate); Livers, Sergeant; Long (boatman); Pennoyer, Mrs.; Theater; Traveler.; Waud, Alfred; Writing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Greene Street; Leonard Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.