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stage.  How she had done so, first singing only, then in
character.  How she was liked, bouquets &cs thrown
on the stage &c. And finally how she was then at
Columbus, playing, as Miss De Forest.   Mrs K read
her letters to me.  [words crossed out]  Albeit
it pleases vanity and ambition now ^|she| won t find the tittle-
tattle, jealousies and aspirations of the green room an
Eden. [words crossed out].     But this, one might have con-
jectured, would occur, sooner or later.  /  Bye the
bye, shallow Master Pope had proposed for her to Mrs
K, so she says. /   Presently in came Mason and buxom
Jane Gibson.       Mason, so saith Mrs K is terrifically
anxious that Charley Brown s renewal of love-letter-writing
to his sister should be broken off.   He, by the way hath
[word crossed out] questionable right to pitch stones at Brown, inas-
much as the little roue hath been as bad as may be 
in  fast  exploits.     Brown is better than him, I don t
know anything agreable about Mason, saving a certain quaint
London vulgarity-improved style of expression.     On
my leaving he told me that Surtees was coming to board
at Franklin Street, tomorrow.   Talking with Shaw,
about it, he replied  What, Tittlebat     Titmouse, and
he and Mrs Leave related how Surtees, on first
coming to their notice had dressed most terrifically
showy, and in horribly snobbish taste.   This was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page twenty-seven
Description:Mentions news of Lotty Kidder becoming an actress.
Date:1851-11-19
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Leave, Mrs.; Mason; Mason, Miss; Pope; Shaw (actor); Surtees; Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.