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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 70, May 15-16, 1855

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Identifier: DX03863270

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 70, May 15-16, 1855

Description: Describes a night at the theater with George Clarke and Will Waud.

Transcription:

15. Tuesday. Letter from Hannah [Bennett]. The old grandfather who died eight days ago, was, on Saturday last, buried in Chacombe churchyard, being borne thither by his farm labourers, and followed by his children and grandchildren. / Within doors. To Sam [Gunn]'s in the evening. "Tilly [Jenkins]" away, at Oxford again.

16. Wednesday. Will Waud calling in the afternoon, with him to 27 Great James Street, where [George] Clarke has just removed to. Three rooms in an upper story, in a quiet street, partaking of the legal air of the adjacent district of Grays Inn. We found George putting things to rights, having nearly completed the same; had a smoke, part of a tankard of perry, tea, and then, the three of us proceeded to the Olympic. A drama of some ability by Tom Taylor, and [J.R.] Planche's "Yellow Dwarf," (which last was the attraction that drew me thither. / Robson the actor certainly deserves his reputation, and is, I should say, unmatchable in elvish and grotesquely hideous parts. A dance he did was most extraordinary. I should much like to see him play [Alain Rene] Le Sage's Asmodeus. George Clarke leaving early, I and Waud supped at the Cyder Cellars, where Madrigal singing, and comic performances by Ross were the order of the night, or rather morning. Home by 1 1/2. What a many good qualities a man may have, and yet be thoroughly un-likeable withal! Will Waud is clever, good looking, can appreciate and sometimes say a good thing, and yet here have I learned to like George Clarke thrice as much as he. There's a rampant, repellant, loudly expressed disbelief in all that is good and hopeful about him, (Waud;) a proneness to say "nay to all," to turn the dirty side of things

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-05-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Theater
Death
Actors

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