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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 187, December 24, 1859

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Identifier: DX03165087

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 187, December 24, 1859

Description: Regarding going to hear Sam Cowell perform on Christmas Eve.

Transcription:

24. Saturday. Out in the morning. Down town at sunset, to the Post Office, Courier and Pic. A cold, dull night. and Having very little money in my pockets indeed, as I went up Nassau Street, thinking of it being Christmas eve, I felt lonely; none the less so on turning into the dreary newspaper office, with its sleepy men, gas-glare and familiars, one of whom informs me I’m not "in" which means no $5 on Wednesday. Out into the black cold streets again and up into the Pic Office, there to scribble, do proof &c, anon up town with Bob Gun and [Frank] Cahill, taking a drink preliminary at Matarans. The former and I went round to hear Sam Cowell in the evening, when I was introduced to Bateman. Towards the end of the entertainment, [Fitz James] O'Brien and a familiar of his, who imitates him, they say, in dress and manner, appeared in a side box. I heard and recognized a well remembered laugh — a sonorous, aggressive, affected laugh, with a good deal of Sir Mulberry-Hawk-like coarseness and hoarseness in it, suggestive of unspeakable man-about-townish wickedness in it — I heard this before I saw him. When we were quitting the theatre he was temporarily behind me, got up in ultra-English style, with a circular round-crowned hat and a pair of the loudest-patterned and most expansive "peg-top" trousers conceivable,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-12-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Christmas
Diaries
Holidays
Concerts
Newspapers

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