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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 174, March 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX09115348

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 174, March 27-29, 1853

Description: Mentions the death of Will Greatbatch, and attending his funeral.


One wouldn’t like his wife to smoke. But some how there was a fitness of it, with Lotty [Kidder]. She looked pretty, doing it, — and ‘twas a very good cigar. An impromptu oyster supper anon, [John] Whytal fetching ‘em, more merry talk & little rompings, and I walked through the clear chill midnight Streets — to my solitary room [290 Broadway]. It’ll hardly last.

28. Monday. Down town, Post Office, Office of [P.T.] Barnum & Beachs paper, seing [seeing] [Frank] Leslie & leaving sketch, Picayune Office &c Drawing in the afternoon. Evening at Wallacks with [Alfred] Waud to see “Money.” I like Laura Keane, face, voice and playing. I can’t find aught to cavil at in the latter, albeit I’ve seen her in so many diverse parts. She hasnt any miserable mannerisms, talks like a human creature & a lady, don’t roll her R’s & say “key-ind” and “skey-i,” nor over-do a part as nearly all players do. I like her pleasant English speech and look. / Holcomb joined us, after “Money” was over. “High Life Below Stairs” followed. Supped at Erfords, en triumvirate.

29. Tuesday. Fred Greatbatch came, with word that little Will [Greatbatch] was dead, and bidding me to the funeral. So at half past one I went there, and was by Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch ushered into the front room, which was dark, the outer blinds being closed, and a number of persons present. On

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-03-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Actors
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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