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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 114, April 3-7, 1858

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Identifier: DX03496281

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 114, April 3-7, 1858

Description: Describes listening to a conversation between John Darcy and Frederick Watson.


to be pitched into — he [John Darcy] didn’t care which. I think it was abusive of [Bernard] Ullman the Opera lessee. Darcy abused [Frederick] Watson roundly, with oaths and obscene phrases, going off into a disquisition on the weekly press and the merits of each sever newspaper as — to its adaptation for what [Francois] Rabelais calls a torcheaul purposes. Watson, according to his want, affected a candid depravity about everything. The talk was dreary and cockneyish. They abused people they knew, knew all the dirty sides of actors lives, and assumed the lowest standard of motives and morals. I ate my Welch rarebit, drank my ale and listened. Hawthorne said little, has a quaint odd, honest face. [Frank] Cahill kept inviting the company to drink. At about 1 we got home, Darcy leaving us at our door.

4. Sunday. Over to [Frank] Pounden’s. A walk over the hills with him and Bob Bligh in the afternoon, and a long one.

5. Monday. Returned to New York with Pounden. Post & Pic Offices, then up-town, meeting [George] Arnold by the way. [Frank] Bellew called, wanting me to do an article for the Pic. At it till 9.

6. Tuesday. A letter from Mary Ann [Greatbatch], very incoherently written and with the usual scanty allowance of feminine punctuation; so that one actually reads, “lifted in and out like a baby my legs are like Broom Sticks in fact am a perfect miracle raised up by the Almighty Diarrhea and working wearing on me. “ I’m really very sorry for her sickness but the way of describing it is tremendously Mrs Flora Finchingish. She wants me to visit them. Drawing. To Bellews, then down town to Pic Office &c. Doing chores, Phonography &c, the rest of the day.

7. Wednesday. Wrote to Mary Ann. Down town to Leslie’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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