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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 29, September 13, 1849

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Identifier: DX08903273

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 29, September 13, 1849

Description: Comments on sight-seeing in Philadelphia. Mentions seeing a production of Romeo and Juliet.

that I lived and enjoyed the wondrous beauty of the scene. Disembarkation. Laurel Hill [Cemetery]. Up a country lane, that but for the occasional note of a “Katy-did” might have been in the heart of old England; then a walk along a hot dusty road, then got permitted to Enter the Cemetery, spite of my non-possession of a ticket. Well content could I be to lay there — in Laurel Hill Cemetery, when my “life’s fever’s o’er .” Monuments, incriptions, many touchingly simple and in good taste, flowers, trees, hill and rock and river, sunlight streaming around leaves — “Aye now am I in Arden ! ” An hour thus; then turned my face townwards, dining on bread and cheese and porter at a little road-side inn nigh to the Cemetery. Little steamer again, Fairmount [Park], great contention among the jarveys in waiting as to whose vehicle I should go in. The Exchange. Looking about for a boarding house for an hour; then to Mr. Stareaker’s. Got three Manuscripts to illustrate. To David’s and tea. Seeing by the papers that “Romeo and Juliet” was to be played at Burtons went thither. Fanny Wallack as Juliet — don’t know who as Romeo, or I’d “write him down an ass .” The piece was [David] Garrick’s botch of [William] Shakespeare, with all the Juliet-awakening — “how cold it is” scene. Much of Juliet well played — but the Mercutio done as well. How deeply Shakespeare, even indifferently played, and perverted, can interest and carry all feelings of all auditors along with him. The old, old love story of the lovers of Verona; — family feuds, soul absorbing Love, the Italian girl,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-09-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Actors
Cemeteries
Food
Theater
Travel
Parks
Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Steamboats
Transportation
Boardinghouses
19th century
Plays

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