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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 85, January 19-21, 1859

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Identifier: DX03269340

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 85, January 19-21, 1859

Description: Describes a night out at the House of Lords with Frank Bellew and others.


two Woods [John and Frank Wood]. [Frank] Bellew had been seeing his brother [Patrick] Becket [Bellew], his sister and her husband — our friend "the Mejor" — off for England, this day. (Aha! Mejor, why did you tell so many stories to avoid replacing that same bowie-knife. I forgive you!) Bellew was a little drunk, too. I don't like to see him so, for he is, naturally, a gentleman, and one feels a little shamed at seeing his being affected by liquor. We all sat down. Jefferson the actor came — joined us. He is the crack actor in "the American Cousin." Talking with him, got information apropos of it &c. [John] Brougham and two other actors came, sat at adjacent table. Drinking of beer, eating of welsh rarebits and smoking of cigars, mingled with talk of business. They want me to do the Restaurants of New York, a la Boarding-Houses, for the Pic. Agreed upon, at $6 weekly. An hour past midnight when I left.

20. Thursday. Office. At noon to Sweeneys, to get information, Bellew wanting me to start with that. A stylish place to what it was in my day. Saw the old man and son. Back. Work. With [George] Roberts by 2 1/2 to the Copyright Office, to see about "American Cousin" if registered. Left him at Taylors. Up town, dinner, a doze which I needed horribly, then writing, writing, writing.

21. Friday. Office. To Sweeney's again, to John Orr's the engravers', to add something to Williams' cut. Orr I found in the same rooms he occupied nine years ago,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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