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	Captain and Mrs. Robertson.
obtained.   He represented him as a British of-
ficer, and his wife as a perfect English lady, of
travelled, colonial experience and jolly, hospitable
disposition.   Also he learnt from her that she was
the wife of John Brougham the actor   his first
wife   I don t know that the second has any
legitimate claims to the title.     I remember
when there were two  Mrs. Broughams  playing
in New York and have heard that Brougham
dropped the first, because of her infidelity with
Jim Wallack   characteristically, however, sug-
gesting a Phallic extenuation in her behalf.
Brougham himself was no more continent than
actors generally are.             In consequence of
these stories and of Boweryem s praise, I was
willing enough to visit the pair.      We had an
amusing evening of it.     Roberyson is a stout,
middle-aged, dark-haired, whiskered Scotch-
man   so he says   on half-pay; his wife a
woman of forty odd   an actress all over,
of the Mrs. Fanny Wallack sort, though I don t
know that she gets drunk.     Mrs. R. was jolly,
cordial and hospitable, gave Boweryem
tea while I drank Bourbon whiskey with her
husband.    She told stories, too, colonial and
theatrical.   I got her to relate the history of the
production of  London Assurance,  which she did
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Describes a visit to the Robertsons with George Boweryem.
Subject:Actors; Boweryem, George; Brougham, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Theater; Wallack, Fanny; Wallack, James William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.