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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 192, December 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03169065

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 192, December 26, 1859

Description: Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.



with Jim [Parton] and others. Mrs [Sophy] Thomson came up and shook hands, all I had to do with her the whole evening. Fanny [Fern] had got her hair a la mad-cap, Mercy Pecksniffish, all curls, looked much as usual, rather older. Grace [Eldredge] with her long fair hair grown luxuriant again and worn in long curls, looked pretty, except when she laughed, she has a big mouth. "Ella" [Eldredge] long-nosed and contemptuous, an obnoxious girl generally. (The only good thing I know of her is her capacity for drawing, a capacity uncultivated.) The three sat in a row, both before and when the chairs were placed for the audience, Mrs Thomson beside Fanny and Mrs [Sarah] Edwards, civil, hospitable, but not exceeding it one jot, to the party. Devil an inch of recognition of or by me. I enjoyed myself throughout the entire proceedings with not a grain of admission of their presence. The audience arranged, Sally [Edwards] took her seat at the piano as orchestra, to be superseded during the first act by a professional, engaged for the occasion. The curtain rises and little Ned Nichols in spangled turban and Turkish dress, advances to Jack [Edwards]'s footlights and recites [James] Morris prologue. Applause. Then the play, of the detail of which I shall write nothing here, as I’ve done it in print for the Courier. It was an immense success; could not have gone off better. [Thomas] Nast was extraordinary

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Theater


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