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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 84, January 18-19, 1859

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Identifier: DX03268532

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 84, January 18-19, 1859

Description: Regarding a plot by Ed Underhill to copy a play at Laura Keene's theater phonographically.


he [Fitz James O'Brien] refunded. He's a systematic borrower and debtor. [Jesse] Haney didn’t send the money — had he done so, he might have got it and then —— been "stuck" for a larger loan. Borrowing in sums adapted to the pockets of lenders, by Fitzjames O Brien, literary Bohemian and Swindler. Writing during the afternoon & evening. Not well.

19. Wednesday. [Contellation] Office. [Ed] Underhill & his chum came. They yesternight went to the gallery of Laura Keene's, and had jotted down half of the play when Lentze, Laura's "fancy man" came and stopped 'em. All the actors were on the qui vive, too. Underhill now proposes to complete the thing by taking a private box, filling in the front of it with three women, while he and his phonographic chum squat behind during the latter half of the piece, scoring down the remainder. Wants to see [George] Roberts about it, that he may be assured about money. Met [Joseph] Brightly, on leaving, at 2, savage about not getting paid for engraving title of paper. Say's Roberts had a "d_____d bad" reputation in Boston — burst up once or twice. I don't know whether we're on solid ground or not — ($30 owing to me.) Met [Frank] Wood — the Pic Wood — who made an appointment for me to meet [Frank] Bellew tonight, and walked up-town with me. Writing, hard and fast till 10, then round to the House of Lords. Bellew there, and [Bob] Gun and Wood — and anon Frank Leslie's [John] Wood — so there were two Guns and —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing


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