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Identifier: DX03399972

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 254 [enclosure]

Description: Handbill for the Edwards family's 1858 Christmas party.

Transcription:

THEATRE DES EDWARDS.

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The Management announces, with indescribable feelings, that the Theatre, which has hitherto experienced such unexampled success, will be opened again for a brief season of

ONE NIGHT ONLY

ON CHRISTMAS, 1858,

On which occasion there will be gathered into one

BRILLIANT GALAXY,

The brightest Stars, to say nothing of the Asteroids and Comets, that ever blazed away in Any histrionic firmament.

The Grand Director, fully believing the maxim laid down by Puffendorf, in his celebrated work of Villikins and his Dinah, that "Christmas comes but once a year," has spared neither his throbbing brain, nor the perspiration of the bettlings brows that overarch his optics, in producing such a series of amusements as shall win the unanimous and un-bought applause of the company.

New Scenery has been painted for it, by

CARL WILHELM KNUDSEN,

A FAMOUS DANISH ARTIST,

Who left his native land of Denmark to engage in this great and glorious work, for the fun of the thing.

New and superb properties have been designed and constructed by

LORD JOHN EDWARDS,

A young English Nobleman, who abandoned home and friends, freely giving up a large landed estate to a younger brother, for the sake of participating in this stupendous work. As Stage Manager, the Director has secured the eminent services of

F. J. C. CAHILL., ESQ.

Late of London, and author of "Death in the Tea-caddy," "The Withered Midriff, or the Bleeding Goggles," "The Haunted Scuttle," "Fatal Goloshes," &c., &c., &c., &c., &c.

PHYSICIAN TO THE COMPANY, DR. HAYNES.

In addition to this unexampled constellation of talent the Director has engaged, on the most extravagant terms, a brilliant and

INTELLECTUAL AUDIENCE,

Which is bound by the articles of agreement to exhibit the greatest satisfaction at whatever is said or done. It comprises—Mr. EDWARDS, Sen., known for his exquisite personification of the First Old Gentleman in "English Hospitality;" MRS. EDWARDS, who will be pleasantly remembered by all in her celebrated character of The Lady of the House, in the universally popular play of "Knife and Fork, or Do you take Roast or Boiled." MISS ANN EDWARDS, (Directress of a Select Pistol Gallery for the juvenescent idea;) LORD JOHN EDWARDS; Mr. JAMES PARTON, B. G. B. J. and P. B, (Historian of the Day and Mamer of the College of Perfect Bricks;) Mr. CARL WILHELM KNUDSEN, (a lineal descendent of King Knut—who by the way was an exceedingly hard knut or gnut to crack;) Mr. THOMAS BUTLER BARBAROSSA GUNN, a distinguished son of a_____sire of the same name, and author of the sanguinary Tragedy, entitled "Who Garroted the Cat?" and descendant of the author of Hugh De Brass; Mrs. PARTON [Fanny Fern], a Brick-ess and authoress of an elegant work entitled "Grace and Ella [Eldredge], or the Two Sisters," Mr. GEORGE EDWARDS, JR. a recent but famous Medium of the Spirits. Mrs. GEORGE EDWARDS, Jr., his partner, but has nothing to do with the spirits; Mrs. EURICH, Pianiste; Mr. WILLISTON, a striking example of the evil of Procrastination, one of his friends proving a thief of time. Mrs. WILLISTON, wife of the aforesaid, and his brightest jewel. Mr. RUSSELL Merchant Prints after his name, let's hope we may have occasion to spell it Prince; Mr. RUSSELL, wife of Mr. R.; Mr. RITCHIE RUSSELL, sometimes familiarly known to his Pa as Rich. and at others as Dick. (He should suppress such familiarity.) Mr. WM. ROGERS, supposed to be a lineal descendant of the lamented Mr. ROGERS who was invited to take a steak at Smithfield, and who though an unwilling guest, was compelled to comply with the requests of his hosts, from the effects of whose excessively. . . .

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-12

Type(s): Diary
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Subjects: Christmas
Diaries
Theater
Holidays

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