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after supping with them at Sweenys, we walked through drenching
rain to the Lyceum.           Farce, then a melodrama
ycleped  Pauline  by Dumas, nonsense, intensely French nonsense, but amu-
sing from its startling incidents, thunder storms, secret doors,
pistollings & finally a duel across a table, in which the Satanic,
Byronic, gambling, highway-robbing impossibility who s the hero
of the piece gets artistically and anatomically settled.     Withal
it was very well played.   Laura Keene s English face, voice
and acting I like, much.         This Lyceum is a capitally
managed little place, your e always amused         The Old piece
of  The Ways of Windsor  after, Brougham in t.     /      Leaving
at the close,  we went to the Star at Lispenard Street, then
ate Welsh Rarebits & drank ale, & reviled Brightly who
would fain assume greater wisdom that the rest of us in not
tolerating  Pauline!           The play & players were pretty freely
criticized, when anon I find that one of the latter is in
the room.     Twas Reynolds, who boarded at Mrs Leave s,
during my sojourn there.    A few words passed between us
anent old acquaintances.                Broke up at 12, &
they to their mutual boarding house, I to my
cockloft, through such a fall of rain as might have sufficed
for a circle of Dante s hell.
  12. Saturday.  Hither & thither.   Drawing the greater
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Comments on a production of ''Pauline.''
Date:1853-03-11
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Brightly; Brougham, John; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keene, Laura; Leave, Mrs.; Reynolds, Bill; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.