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	 Artemus Ward s  Lecture.
A cold hall and a pretty full house, mostly
dead-heads.  Saw Haney enter and in conversa-
tion with F. Wood, who is  hagent  for Artemus.
Was joined by Jack Edwards.             The lecture
proved awful rot, stale Joe Millerisms and
resuscitated rubbish from Vanity Fair.  I heard
the great raw laugh of the  hagent  amid those
of others, though the bosh didn t encounter a warm
reception.  New York audiences are the best-natured
in the world I believe; the stuff would have pro-
voked a storm of hisses in London.     Departing,
found Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Haney, Morris
and an unmarried sister of his   all dead-heads,
like myself.      We were unanimous about the
 Babes in the Wood.      With Haney and the Ed-
wardses to 745, cheery talk, cold punch, and
Christma pudding, and the society of the pleasant
Matty and the (temporarily) sleepy Eliza.
  3.  Friday.   Writing.    Down town to the E. P.
office.  Return; writing.    In the evening, at Bow-
eryem s invitation accompanied him to pay a visit
to the Robertsons, about whom he has talked
of late in his usual enthusiastic manner.  My ir-
repressible little friend has established a sort of
partnership with a Captain Robertson, for the
purchase and sale of postage-stamps, by which he
confidently anticipates a handsome income may be
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Describes attending a lecture by Artemus Ward.
Date:1862-01-02
Subject:Boweryem, George; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lectures and lecturing; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Morris, Miss; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Vanity fair.; Ward, Artemus (C. F. Brown); Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.