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Identifier: DX03469579

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 82, 1858 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clipping of a cartoon depicting Charles Seymour and a humorous letter written by Fitz James O'Brien as ''Henry Ward Beecher.''

Transcription:

[handwritten by Gunn] From the Picayune!

MR. [Charles Bailey] SEYMOUR AS HE APPEARED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS “CLOSING ACT,” SWEARING BY HIS NOSE AND DESTROYS THE DIAMOND LENS.

[handwritten by Gunn] (Written by [Fitz James] O’Brien.)

SHOCKING INSTANCE OF PROFANITY! DEPRAVITY OF A PROMINENT THEATRICAL CRITIC!!! LETTER FROM THE REVEREND HENRY WARD BEECHER.

TO MR. PIC.

Sir,—It is with feelings of the utmost pain and consternation that I observe in the columns of the Daily Times the fall of one of my most promising disciples from a state of grace. Mr. Charles C. B. Seymour, theatrical critic of that paper, has, on the occasion of a controversy connected with a carnal story entitled “The Diamond Lens,” yielded to the counsels of Satan, and blasphemed the most majestic features of the human countenance.

The sanctity of the human proboscis has been always proverbial. To tweak a nose has been the deadliest of insults ever since the time of Ovidius Nase. By the Roman augurs, the length and shape of the nose was considered as an infallible indication of the future destiny of the baby owner. In Tristram Shandy, some of the finest passages occur relative to the nose ; and even in England—that land of flunkeyism, the feature has been elevated to a high rank under the title of “the Lord knows who.”

Mr. Seymour’s nose is of a majestic order of architecture. Salient and threatening as the prow of an ancient trireme, which, with brazen edge, cuts through the floating ranks of the enemy. It is not a nose to be trifled with. It is a feature that does not look as if it had ever been contaminated with sacreligious sternitations. Why then blaspheme so noble an organ; so sacred a vessel? I sorrow over this desecration; I weep over the fall of my friend.

I would say more if my feelings permitted me. But I do trust that my beloved friend in the faith, Mr. Seymour, will do penance for his fault in sackcloth and snuff, and that the blessed tabernacle of his face which he has profaned may be cleansed of his sin. Yours ever,

H. W. BEECHER.

[engraved cartoon of Fitz James O’Brien]

AUTHOR OF THE DIAMOND LENS.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1858

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: O'Brien, Fitz James, 1828-1862

Subjects: Diaries
Critics
Newspapers
Nose

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