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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 126, November 22, 1860

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Identifier: DX01352603

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 126, November 22, 1860

Description: Describes visiting P.T. Barnum's museum with Charles Welden and Mr. Armstrong.

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116

At “Barnum’s” and the Theatre.

There some time, then, feeling faint though not hungry, though I had eaten comparatively nothing since yesterday, went to Crook and Duff’s for a stew and there fell in with [Charles] Welden and Armstrong of the Times. They were going to [P.T.] Barnum’s museum and glad to escape from the necessity of going back to my attic at the risk of another paroxysm (to which I am especially liable at the hour of sunset) I accompanied them. There we found other newspaper men, among them Webb and Osbon. It was my first visit to Barnum’s and I found it amusing enough. So the afternoon wore away, in looking at the “Aztecs” (which seem dwarf hybrids between the Jew and negro) the “What is it?” (a dwarf idiotic negro or negress) and other Barnumosities till 5, when I returned up-town with [Jesse] Haney in the a 4th avenue car. After supper to the theatre, finding that the party had started from 745 [Broadway], and met Haney at the door. Joined the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] and Jack [Edwards] in the boxes, where they sat in a row. Haney clambering over seated himself between Matty and Eliza, next came Jack, then Sally, then myself, at the outer end of the seat. The play was Henry the eighth, Miss [Pauline] Cushman doing Wolsey. Clever and elocutionary — that’s all. We saw Mrs [Sophy] Thomson, Mort [Thomson]’s mother with another woman and Ottarson,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-11-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Museums
Theater
Journalists

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