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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 150, April 11-12, 1860

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Identifier: DX02935546

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 150, April 11-12, 1860

Description: Mentions seeing the young prima donna Adelina Patti at the opera.

Transcription:

[William] Newman. [Adelina] Patti.

to conceive the possibility of their being heroes besides Agamemnon, said he “had no hesitation in declaring” that certain drawings of [Frank] Bellew’s were “as good” as any in the old country! Don’t begin to understand that F. B. may be everyway above him. Newman is light-haired, at a distance youthful looking, on closer inspection, his face very seamed and wrinkled. Said an American publisher had asked him to write a book on this country! (Four days experience and three of them wet ones! one would like to know that publisher!) Told both men as much civil truth as I could; they went to “private” view of the National Academy Exhibition (which is always more crowded than on ordinary occasions) we [George] Boweryem and I to the Opera, where I saw Patti for the first time. A dear little girl with a charming, intelligent face, surely the youngest of prima donnas, and New York’s deserved favorite. She played in “Don Pasquale.”

12. Thursday. Lovely, cool, sunny day, doubly delicious after the rain. A note from Lotty [Kidder] (!) inviting me to visit her at Fordham, saying that [Arthur] Granville sailed in the City of Washington, for England on Saturday. Will he come, minutely, under the observation

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-04-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Opera
Artists

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