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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 164, March 5-7, 1853

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Identifier: DX01254135

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 164, March 5-7, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to James P. Nagle.


ale at Erford's, then parted.

6. Sunday. Dined leisurely at Erfords, then by 3 called at Franklin Street for [Alfred] Waud &c. Out. Walked on to Grand Street, called at [James P.] Nagle's room. Found his room companion [Charles F.] Briggs there, cigars and talk. This, [words crossed out] young fellow, had been in England with Pell the "Ethiopian Sercuader," himself in the darkey business; — plays at the "Fellows Minstrels." Divers stories of the craft. Nagle came, and an actor, who plays at Wallacks. The two professionals got up an impromptu concert, the actor singing songs from the "Beggers Opera," Briggs doing divers darkey ditties with banjo accompaniment. One very lucky pretty tune he played "the Arkansas' reel." Left them at 7, thence supped solitarily at Sweeneys, then to room. Read [Ralph Waldo] Emerson for an hour or twain. Then to Beach Street; called at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders, where I stayed till midnight.

7. Monday. Down town for Blocks &c, to the Picayune Office, met [Fayette] Robinson there. Returned to room by noon; drawing. Dined, as wont, at Erfords, finding Neagle & Noah, and actors there. Drawing till 5, then down town with 'em. To Wells & Webbs, Picayune Office, then to Engravers in Fulton Street.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-03-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Actors
Books and reading
Slave traders


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