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	       Mrs. Robertson s Stories.
She narrated, also, how she, in combination
with a theatre full of Jews, contrived to damn
Bourcicaults  Irish Heiress,  in revenge for the  Lon-
don Assurance affair.    The author had swindled
one of the  peoplesh  and they, being provided with
gratuitous tickets of admission by Mrs. B., were in-
structed, ingeniously, not to hiss but to hush down
any manifestation of applause, so that the actors
lost spirits and the play fell so flat upon the
audience, that it was not repeated.  She told, too,
the story of Bourcicault s annexation of Agnes Rob-
ertson, in more minute detail than I had heard
before, surmising that the pair got married only
when in New Orleans.       She alleged that she
had met Bourcicault s father (?) Dionysius Lard-
ner, with Mrs. Heavyside at the Charleston Hotel,
S. C., Lardner summoning her, Mrs. B. to the
bedside of his female companion, during an attack
of sickness.       Mrs. B. knew my old governor,
Sam Beazley and spoke of him.       Beautiful Mrs.
Nisbett she characterized as an irreclaimable
sloven, and one who got occasionally drunk on
champagne.                 I think the narrator herself
could take her toddy willingly and am pretty
sure that she swears.      The whole evening remind-
ed me of my experience in Mrs. Leave s theatrical
boarding-house.        Robertson had something to do
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Describes a visit to the Robertsons with George Boweryem.
Date:1862-01-03
Subject:Actors; Beazley, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heavyside, Mrs.; Lardner, Dionysius; Leave, Mrs.; Nisbett, Mrs.; Robertson; Robertson, Agnes; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Jews; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, South Carolina
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.