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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 146, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03318842

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 146, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes a talk with Henry Clapp about William North's life and death.


"Omnibus" Lord knows. He [Mr. Britton] and [Thomas] Picton came together through an advertisement. There's a story in it, Britton purchased of Madam Marguerittes, [George G.] Fosters' widow, written by him or her. [Arthur] Alleyne, the fellow who lives with Lotty [Kidder] is her brother. Picton knew both brother and sister. The latter is a clever woman from one point of view, attempted to come out in opera in New York and fouled, as mixed up in the [Edwin] Forrest divorce case, wrote a book showing up all the people in it, and now lives by her pen in Philadelphia. I have met Clarence Eytinge, at Howells tavern, of late. He is wrinkled, haggard, and unpleasantly Jewish in aspect — looks at least six years older. Says his liver's out of order, does "nothing" and lives at home. Bob Gun and the Houston St fellows frequent Howells pretty regularly, now. Meeting [Henry] Clapp there, who since [Fitz James] O'Brien and he quarreled, hasn't tried any of his airs on me!) I set him talking of [William] North and here goes for particulars, which I have little doubt are true enough. North's character and wretched end make his career unusually interesting, especially as affording such a contrast with his own self-painted snob-hero portrait, "Dudley Mondel." Clapp met North first in London, at a party where were [James] Hannay, Coventry Patmore and others. North came in late, had been compelled to take shelter from a shower of rain in a coffee-shops, where he had written some indifferent "poetry" which he read to the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Actors
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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