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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 43, March 28-April 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX03839577

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 43, March 28-April 1, 1855

Description: Describes an evening at the theater with his brother, Charley Gunn, and Stephen Tanner.


Dead silences would occur occasionally, and altogether I couldn’t feel anyway in a friendly atmosphere. I can very well understand how a domestic ogre-ism may have effected all this. / Having outstayed the departure of the last omnibus, accepted the offer of a bed there.

29. Thursday. After breakfast, returned Charing Cross ways on the “Knife board” of omnibus, with Will Waud. Home alone, and in doors all day.

30. Friday. Evening at George Clarke’s.

31. Saturday. With [Stephen] Tanner to Sams [Gunn] in the morning. Afternoon a call at [Matthew] Whitelaws, then to Paternoster Row, (meeting Toner by the way, who recognized me,) and with Tanner and Charley [Gunn] to the Olympic Theatre. Finding that closed, we took cab to the Princess’s. Charles Kean and “Louis XI.” The evening partially a failure, the principal piece being a translation of a french drama combining stealings from Quentin Durward, a chapter of Notre Dame and much original bosh. The most attractive features of it, were the excessively plump, hand some legs of a Miss Carlotta Leclerc, who played the Dauphin of France.


1. Sunday. With Charley saw Tanner off by rail. He has an ogre of a father who pays him 20 [pounds] per year for hard work, who forced his elder son to run away twice, and on one occasion looked him up for two weeks, feeding him on bread and water. (That son’s now in Australia. Three days ago Tanner senior wrote up, to my father [Samuel Gunn, Sr.], about

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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