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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 54, September 25-26, 1852

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Identifier: DX01204089

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 54, September 25-26, 1852

Description: Comments on John Brougham as an actor.

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the “Happy Man” followed, [John] Brougham playing the Irish Hero of it. Verily he is marvellously rich in Irish parts, and every way a fine actor — does no vulgarisms or gag too. When in Sir Lucius he has to say, “If I cannot succeed myself, I’m glad to see success in others,” the audience took the phrase as applicable to his own ill fortune in former Lyceum management, & cheered lustily, which pleased me. / A glass of ale at an English place, (where I met [James P.] Neagle,) and at midnight down Broadway with [Alfred] Waud, [Augustus] Fay soon quitting us. Arrived at our corner, a talk with watchman Murtough & decent into a small basement cellar that day opened in the very bottom of ‘our’ building [290 Broadway] as an oyster & drinking place. Not much bigger than a pantry, proprietor to match; — a b’hoy imbibing and a girl of the town. Ten minutes & a drink, then with Waud mounted aloft to my room, & to bed. He on floor with buffalo-hide & long sofa lid of my box, & pillow; I in box.

26. Sunday. Breakfast at Sweeneys with Waud. He back reading “Bleak House,” I drawing “Sontag’s” portrait on wood for Lockington, who called for it, once alone, (ere we had risen,) & anon with Holbrook, after Waud had gone down town, to draw at [E.H.] Chapin’s. Finished at 1, & straight to Mr [Frank] Royal’s as promised. Dined, though after time,

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Dates: 1852-09-25

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Irish
Restaurants
Actors
Books and reading
Food
Diaries
Theater

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