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[newspaper clipping]
    Mr. John Brougham, the actor, whose death
is announced by telegraph from New York, was born
in Dublin, in May, 1814, and was intended by his
parents for the medical profession.  His tastes were,
however, theatrical, and in 1880 he made his first ap-
pearance on the stage at the old Queen s Theatre, in
Tottenham-street, in Moncrieff s operatic extravaganza,
Tom and Jerry.  His next appearance was at the
Olympic under Madame Vestris.  In June, 1832, he
appeared with great success at the Haymarket, and
soon became a favourite at the  old house  in light
comedy, and in the delineation of Irish characters,
occasionally writing farces and minor dramas.  After
appearing with Madame Vestris s company at the
Theatre Royal Covent Garden, he, in 1840, entered
upon the management of the Lyceum, where he pro-
duced his own extravaganza, Life in the Clouds, but
did not remain long, proceeding to America in
1842, where he subsequently took up his residence.
His first appearance in New York was at the
Park Theatre, as the Irish Lion, and according to
an American authority he was at once accepted as the
successor of the lamented Tyrone Power, who had been
lost in the steamer President in the year before.  Hence-
forward his career as a dramatist and actor was one of
great success.  He built the Lyceum (better known as
Wallack s) Theatre, in New York, in 1850, but relin-
quished it in 1852, and managed the Bowery in
1856-7.  In 1859 he revisited London, and performed
at the Princess s Theatre, subsequently joining the
company at the Lyceum under Mr. Charles Fechter s
management.  In 1865 the deceased actor again ap-
peared at the Princess s in Boucicault s Irish drama of
Arrah-na-Pogue.  The same year he returned to New
York.  He had written many successful comedies,
dramas, and extravaganzas, among which his comedy
of Playing with Fire (first produced before a London
audience at the Princess s in 1861) was perhaps the
best known. 

[Gunn s handwriting] 
June 9, 1880.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Newspaper clipping of obituary for John Brougham, actor and theatre manager.
Subject:Actors; Brougham, John; Fechter, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Power, Tyrone; Theater; Vestris, Lucia Elizabeth Bartolozzi; Wallack´┐Żs (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Dublin, [Ireland]; [London, England]
Scan Date:2010-09-10


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
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.