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

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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.


“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


Dates: 1850-06-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Books and reading
Church buildings


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