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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 137 [newspaper clipping continued], April 1858

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Identifier: DX03530643

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 137 [newspaper clipping continued], April 1858

Description: Continuation of newspaper clipping of article regarding John Darcy being denied entrance to Bernard Ullman's theater. Includes a cartoon about the event.


. . . .engaged in the difficulty out of the building. This was complied with, and the same confusion and disturbance was continued on the sidewalk in front of the building for several minutes more.

Judge Russell was in the Academy with his family when the disturbance took place, and, it is said, came out and observed it until the participants were expelled. In the mean time word had been communicated to Recorder Barnard, at the New-York Hotel, to the effect that Mr. [George] Wilkes had been arrested and taken to the Eighteenth Ward Station-House without a warrant, and without his committing any offense, and that his presence was required immediately. Mr. Wilkes resisted the attempt to take him into custody until the arrival of some of his friends, who advised him to go to the Station-House. He acted upon the advice, and the whole crowd proceeded thither accompanied by his friends. Mr. De Angelis, of the United States Marshal's office, who was present and had attempted to quiet the disturbances by endeavoring to get Mr. Wilkes out of the building, was also arrested.

After the prisoners were brought in Recorder Barnard proceeded to hear statements. Mr. Wilkes said that he had gone with the reporter of his paper, Mr. [John] Darcie, to the Academy, that he might see the performance and write his opinions upon the merits. He had done this in accordance with the right of every citizen and member of the press; but before he could reach the door and present his ticket, he had been collared by men, whom he did not believe could have been officers. He had been to headquarters during the morning, and represented the case to Gen. Nye, who stated that they had a right to be admitted to the Academy, and if it were desired he would sent Mr. Brevoort of the General Superintendent’s Office to see that they were admitted. This proposition he had declined. Alfred A. Phillips appeared as Mr. Wilkes’s counsel. He said that this was a conspiracy on the part of the Manager of the Academy to prevent a fair expression of public opinion. The statements of various persons were heard upon the matter, among which were those of Officer Patterson and Elder of the detective force, who were present. The statements made sustain the preceding account of the difficulty.

The Recorder said that there was no right on the part of Mr. [Bernard] Ulman to prevent Mr. Darcie from going into the Academy if he presented his ticket, any more than there was a right to exclude any other citizen. He decided upon the statements to discharge Mr. De Angelis from custody, to hold Mr. Wilkes to bail in the sum of $100 to appear before Judge Russell on Wednesday next and answer to the charge of disturbing the peace preferred by the officer. Mr. Darcie being arrested on a warrant, was admitted to bail on condition that he would not return that evening to the Academy.

Mr. John Hoey became surety for Mr. Wilkes, and Mr. Wikes signed a bond with Mr. Darcie. These proceedings being closed, Mr. Wilkes returned to the Academy in company with his counsel, Mr. Phillips, and the two presented their tickets at the door. The door-keeper for a moment hesitated, and attempted to stop him, but Mr. Wilkes pressed his way in and was not disturbed further. Judge Russell came out of his box and had a brief conversation with Mr. Wilkes. The later said that he intended to bring Mr. Darcie to the Academy this evening despite of the Judge’s warnings.



Last evening Mr. John Darcie, the musical and theatrical reporter of Porter's Spirit went to the Academy of Music with a ticket of admission, and passed in without interruption. A large force of. . . .

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper

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

Subjects: Arrest
Publishers and publishing


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