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       The Authorship of London Assurance. 
at length, assigning the authorship to Brougham.
Condensed, the story is as follows; I chronicle with-
out endorsing it.          Bourcicault, then a young
man about town, decidedly hard-up, had sent
a play of merely literary, not acting, merit to the
lessee of Covent Garden, which was declined, with
however the offer of  500 for one possessing both
qualities.       He despaired, talked young man about
No. 1 to Brougham, who proposed a part-
nership attempt for the money, producing his
play, then untitled, of London Assurance.  They ll
never accept it from me,  said Brougham,  but
do you assume its authorship and we ll divide
the money.   This was agreed to.  Bourcicault
lived luxuriously with Brougham and his wife,
at their expense; was clever, agreeable,  a per-
fect young Mephistopheles.   He did but little
to the play beyond transferring the tag from the
mouth of Max Hurkaway to Sir Harcourt Courtly.
Finally, however, he bragged so as to incite alarm
on the part of the Broughams that he intended chon-
sing them out of both fame and money and did
the latter.     Mrs. B. thereupon went  on the rampage, 
made her husband take out an injunction and
compromised the matter for a sum of money.   Her
vehemence about this affair, she asserted, com-
menced the estrangement between her and Brougham.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Describes a visit to the Robertsons with George Boweryem.
Date:1862-01-03
Subject:Actors; Boucicault, Dion; Brougham, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; London, [England]
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.