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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 143, January 21, 1853

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Identifier: DX01243645

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 143, January 21, 1853

Description: Describes almost getting into a fight while our with friends at Broadway Theater.


from a tumbler into next box, which descended on Marshall, lessee of the Broadway Theatre. Words ensued, comment & rejoinder, and Marshall left, and in half an hour returned with “his crowd,” a posse of fellows he’d picked up, hangers on about the theatre. By this time it was late; — the landlord came, [Alfred] Swinton, [Alfred] Waud, Dillon [Mapother] & I came out of the box, much talk, explanation, ill words &c. There were over twenty men blocking the way, and everything indicated a frightful brawl. Swinton acted very sensibly now Dillon tried the mediators part, Waud the same, I said but little. The knowledge that we were in the wrong at the onset made us peaceful. Waud got water thrown over him, — we retired into box again, resolved to fight it there if necessary. The Rowdies retired awhile, and presently came the landlord who proposed to let us out at another door, which after threading all sorts of winding ways he did, and we issued far up in Anthony St. Saw Mr Johns to the cars, and Dillon to Jersey Ferry, then to our separate resting-places. This Marshall, by his language and manner is ruffian & blackguard. How I hate this accursed Celtic mode of “rousing a party” to avenge an insult. No fair man to man contest, but rob-breaking, five to one, knowing and savage Tipperaryisms.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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