Search Our New Beta Online Collections!

Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 132, June 28-30, 1850

<< Back to search results

View this document

From collection:Part of:

Identifier: DX09459868

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 132, June 28-30, 1850

Description: Comments on seeing the play New York As It Is and hearing Edmund Thompson Taylor, who was described in Charles Dickens' American Notes, preach.

Transcription:

“Odean” offered me by the landlord son “Bill,” accepted it and went there. Trashy, farce lecture, a dance, and “New York as it is.” Verily, of all the ill-hung-together stupidities ever displayed to set on a quantity of barren spectators to laugh these pieces are the trashiest. What would not [Charles] Dicken’s have made of the richly original character of the New York B’hoy, had it fallen into his hands; — in place of such crude vulgarisms now applauded to the echo. The best B’hoy type I have met in books, is, I think, in one of Philadelphia Lyyards [words crossed out] melo-drame novels, “Jonesey the Biler.” [line crossed out].

29. Saturday. To J B Halls with drawings — he out. A ramble about the quays, then called again, and again unsuccessfully. After dinner found him — a certain Mr Manning (artist there.) Back, read &c. At night, out with a Mr Snow, whose acquaintance I made in the bar-room below, — one of the stock-holders in the late Cuba affair. My Cambridge University [Harvard University] acquaintance Curtis called this morning.

30. Sunday. To the Seaman’s Bethel Church, where I heard the Mr [Edward Thompson] Taylor, (Dickens-described in American Notes,) preach. A clumsy looking outside building, with blue-flag flying from the roof. Inside the body of the church assigned by seamen, side pews, women &c Half pulpit, half-rostrum, and sort of fresco-painted altar piece, representing a ship on a stormy sea. The Preacher appearing gave out a hymn, in a short, jerking unstudied manner.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1850-06-28

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Plays
Clergy
Books and reading
Church buildings
Religion
Sermons
Theater
Travel

Permalink:
http://collections.mohistory.org/resource/184332

| More

Disclaimer: We are working to create a web-based collection index. Information available through this website should be considered "draft only."