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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 208, November 25-27, 1853

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Identifier: DX03929465

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 208, November 25-27, 1853

Description: Mentions that Charles Seymour is feuding with an actor, Dion Boucicault.


shallow. [Walter] Scott, the grand old Tory was only characterized as a [word crossed out] healthy writer, — you might have condensed it all to that. Nought of his good nature, his plucks, his industry, — nor how he & [Samuel] Coleridge indiretly helped to beget Puseyism, a notable thing in this day. And of [Thomas] Macaulay he only praised, “Horatius” as a fine blood-stirring ballad. (The lecturer did not propose to consider the prose works of either, except incidentally. A half faced way of doing things.) Ale at Erfords with [Charles] Welden after.

26. Saturday. Visited [William] Levison at a handsome room in Price Street, where he & wife [Mary A. Levison] were. Arranged about my taking Picayune work again, contracting drawing & engraving for $21 weekly. Down town; dined, then to Brooklyn, met [Charles Bailey] Seymour returning, walked up to the Park with him. He’s at feud with Dion Bourcicault, about a plagiarised play of the latter, recently produced at Burton’s. / To tailors, got breeks and bought a big wrapper, hybrid twixt cloak & overcoat, hight a “Talma.” [words crossed out] $16 for’t. An evening at home, in my cock-loft [290 Broadway], stove cheery as a stove can be, a candle in bottle, (temporary substitute for lamp, while under repair;) [Alfred] Waud with me, tods & a cigar & books. [Charles] Damoreau up for an hour, to borrow Tristram Shandy.

27. Sunday. Over to the Fulton Hotel Brooklyn, dining with Waud, and [Joseph] Brightly, who lodge there. (The latter has been doing a fine thing, saving a man from drowning at the ferry, & the rescued snob walked off without thanking him. / There was an Artist also, dined with his us, one [B.G.] Stone, (friend of Hewell [George Yewell], whom we met at Catskill.) He, Stone is a tall, handsome fellow, with longish curling hair, Vandykish beard & dandy neckerchief & cloak. We all crossed to the Battery by the South Ferry in the afternoon, (after a stroll on Brooklyn heights, where I met Morse, — the Nassau Street one, not Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder]’s [Moses Morse].) Up to Sherwoods by Lispenard Street, tods & talk and cigars. Parting with them at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Clothing and dress
Lectures and lecturing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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