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had brought the last Cornhill and read out Thack-
eray on  Half a Loaf    apropos of the American
question.      Talk thereon, British and American.
Arrival of the three sisters, Nast, Jack and Honey-
well.          Left at 10 and went to the Robertson s,
whom Boweryem had just quitted.   Tod and talk
till 10  , then home.               Cahill is at present
trying to succeed Davenport in the good graces of 
Fanny Browne.      There has been a furious row
between the actor and his ex-mistress, in consequence
of the former s infidelity with another actress, Ada
Clifton, as she calls herself.      Fanny caught Daven-
port kissing t other strumpet, pitched into him,
tore his clothes to rags and received a black eye.
Cahill says she is constitutionally a wanton, and
propses to avail himself of that idiosyncacy.    He
visits her.
  24.  Monday.   Writing all the stormy, bluster-
ous day, till evening, then at Softly s invitation,
to the  Academy of Music,  to witness the performance
of an individual styling himself  Professor Adrien,
, King of Wizards
and Prince of Magicians,  and who gravely disclaim-
ing all Satanic agency, made the most ridi-
culous failure conceivable in nearly all of his
attempted feats.   He was a grave, tall, middle-
aged, portly-bald, dark-bearded Yankee, got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes seeing the performance of a magician, ''Professor Adrien.''
Date:1862-02-23
Subject:Actors; Adrien, Professor; Books and reading; Boweryem, George; Browne, Fanny; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clifton, Ada; Davenport, Adolphus; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honeywell, Charles; Magicians; Nast, Thomas; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Softly
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.