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by Jove the Thunderer.     How the devil could she  scape
being other-wise, with such a thing for a mother  
such a world of trashinesses, spites, conceits and vanities
to gasp, not breathe in.    Out ye villains! play out the
play!          /                          It was well played for the
most part, and I can t find higher praise for the  Uriah
Heep  of the piece, than to say he made me believe in
the character more than the book did.   His make up was
wonderful.  The writhes & twistings seemed not forced and
intruded, but natural impulses.  This same excellent actor
did I see play (the German) in the  White Horse of the
Peppers  some time back at the Lyceum.   Ham  was
well played,   so was that damnable creature  Rosa Dartle .
Micawber was caricatured of course, and as Lott said
indignantly under her breath,  smutty.      She enjoyed
it hugely, was even much affected by the more serious
parts of the piece.        The house was crowded.
  Farce succeeding over we left & walked to Taylor s
had oysters & cobblers, & then  I left her at her
own door.             I didn t make love to her, 
albeit I think I know her & like her better
than the ones who have.  But a pretty ass I should
be to be building fool s paradises just now! 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page fifty
Description:Comments on the acting in the play ''David Copperfield.''
Date:1852-09-22
Subject:Actors; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.