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new drawing for Reveille took it there, and it was
accepted.     Traveller Office some time.  Genins &c.
Post Office.   Afternoon down town again.  Had a
stew at Van Name and Bush s, then to Burtons
theatre to see Oliver Twist, thereto suggested by a
little actress who boards here at Mrs Leave.     Fanny
Wallack for Mrs Moorhouse played Nancy. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]     Returned at midnight, met Mrs Havard
on the staircase, who was very particular in enquiring
as to the effect of her voice on the stage.  She had
but two sentences to say in it, being a beginner; But
to make up she acts all day long in private life. 
[words crossed out]
   28. Sunday.  In doors all day.  Very unwell /
Weak &c. diarrhea.    Davis called and stayed
all the afternoon.  Writing the last five pages or
so, having let all get in arrear.   Wait do so again
if I can help it.
  29th. Monday.  To Reveille Office, thence after
getting  Big Abel and Little Manhattan  to Engraver
Avery s. [words crossed out]
Thence to Traveler, Lockingtons &c.  To the Post
Office, back to Reveille Office.   Return to Frank-
lin Street and dinner.  An unnaturally warm day,
fire being scarce requirable.  Dozed in the afternoon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page fifty-one
Description:Mentions seeing a production of Oliver Twist.
Date:1851-12-27
Subject:Actors; Avery; Boardinghouses; Davis; Drawing; Food; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Havard, Mrs.; Leave, Mrs.; Lockington; Moorhouse, Mrs.; Theater; Wallack, Fanny; 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.