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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 34, November 30-December 3, 1851

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Identifier: DX01066525

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 34, November 30-December 3, 1851

Description: Describes a humorous incident at his boarding house beginning with Charley Moorhouse asking Bill Reynolds if he could borrow some clothing.


from the sympathy of fellow actors for the deceased [Raymond Brush]. She [Mrs. Brush] talks loud and yankee-fied. [words crossed out] May the devil admire her! [words crossed out] / Here’s a story possessing sufficient of the ridiculous to warrant setting it down. It would seem that [Bill] Reynolds, (actor at the “Broadway” and domiciled here,) being desirous of borrowing a pair of nether habiliments of [Charley] Moorhouse, for histrionic purposes; applied to him. But his wife Fanny Wallack did put upon it a most decided veto, and the voice which I once heard in Philadelphia, in Juliet’s love-empassioned speech was exalted even to letting the dwellers on the adjacent floors know that “Bill Reynold’s” should not have those pants – they had been purchased with her money, and she would destroy them ere his request should be granted!


[1. Monday through 3. Wednesday] A week having passed, I cannot recollect the several occurrences of each day, wherefore I must put them down hap-hazard, as they come to mind. Wrote long letter to [William] Boutcher, to George Bolton, and to Dillon Mapother (in reply to a pleasant letter received from him, dated Rome.) Called at Millers.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-11-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
19th century
Clothing and dress


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