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from Boston   and she left.    I quizzed him
infernally;        & we went off
as agreed to the  Lyceum , to see  Much Ado about
Nothing  played.      Great crowd & greater struggle
to get in.         Got our seats & saw the play, enjoying 
it immensely.       It was well done though not per-
chance as I have seen it   But  comparisons are odorous !
The Price was exquisitely played, & so the noble old
father Leonato.          Benedick was very clever, but spake
more than his part in one or two minor sentences, which is
vile misusage of Shakspere.          He added the weak,
insignificant word,  directly    to   I ll go, get her picture! 
Altogether it was no ordinary entertainment & I liked it
much.          Alfred Brown    & a crony of his, Magnus,
joined us after the play.      To Shelleys on my proposal of
oysters;      liberal allowance of bivalves   discussed, Falkirk
ale,   and a succession of tods followed.   Talk, national,
literary, political, of character, of oddity, of books, of
Lans Nap the little, of filibustering, retrospective
prospective, discursive and bibulous.      Staying till
the house closed, at about 1, then Charley, off with
  19.  Tuesday        me to my room, bidding good bye
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page seventy-one
Description:Describes going to see ''Much Ado About Nothing'' performed at the Lyceum with Charley Brown.
Date:1852-10-18
Subject:Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Magnus; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.