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of unparalled magnificence.   Saw
Foster in the boxes, contemplating
the charming legs of Mrs Gladstone,
evidently in a state of sentimental in-
fatuation.      He wrote a sonnet to her
which was published in last Sunday s
Era; buys expensive bouquets daily
and is otherwise making an ass of
himself.   I remember him getting up
a similar passion for Laura Keene.
A sentimental-sensual, approbative-
affected humbug is Foster, altogether,
and I don t entirely believe in his
sickness   which keeps him away 
from his regiment, allowing him to
loaf all day about the St Charles
and go to the theatre every night.  At
the same time he exhibits portraits of
his wife and children and sentiment-
alizes thereon.    He claims to be of
the virtuous, too!  told Schell that he
went to the Varieties one Sunday night
when he  felt so wicked  at such a dese-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page ninety-seven
Description:Describes an evening at the theater in New Orleans and his observations of Foster.
Date:1863-03-04
Subject:Actors; Civil War; Foster; Gladstone, Mrs. (Boutcher); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keene, Laura; Schell, Frank H.; Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.